-S&P 500 futures down 0.2% to 2,725.50
-Brent futures down 1.2% to $61.25/bbl
-Gold spot down 0.1% to $1,313.46
-U.S. Dollar Index up 0.1% to 96.16
GLOBAL NEWS :
Earnings season. In Europe, Equinor, Daimler, BNP Paribas, Aperam, Vinci, Publicis, Klépierre, ING Groep, Nordea, Dassault Systèmes, Unicredit or Neste OYJ are among companies reporting. In Asia, Toyota, Mitsubishi Heavy and Softbank. In the United States, Eli Lilly, Costco, Chipotle, General Motors, Boston Scientific, Regeneron, MetLife, Cognizant or NXP Semiconductors.
Engagement broken. European antitrust has confirmed its veto on the merger of Alstom and Siemens Mobility. A major setback for the projects of both groups and a new source of controversy. EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said the companies "were not willing to address our serious competition concerns" about the combined firms control over rail signaling systems and very high-speed trains.
Out of England. A judge approved plans by a UBS to shift some of its UK business - involving assets valued at more than 32 billion euros - to Germany.
US results. Walt Disney slightly up after its quarterly. The results of Snap are impressive. Electronic Arts warns after the sales of its latest Battelfield.
Swedes at Traton's. Volkswagen is seeking to convince Swedish investors to invest in its Traton truck division before its dual IPO on the Stockholm and Frankfurt stock exchanges. According to Reuters, the manufacturer is seeking to build a shareholder base on the basis of entry tickets ranging from 150 to 300 million euros.
Cevian at CRH. The activist fund has gained a foothold in CRH's capital, claiming a position as a second shareholder, one of its executives told Reuters. Cevian believes that the Irish could better value his assets.
O'Brien promoted to Apple. Apple's sales manager, Angela Ahrendt, will leave in April, replaced by human resources manager Deirdre O'Brien, who has 30 years of experience with the company. O'Brien will combine his new position with the old one. This change comes at a time when the group's sales are less flamboyant than in the past.
Discounts at Tesla's. For the second time this year, the manufacturer reduced the price of its Model 3 in the United States by USD 1100.
In other news. Sunrise confirms that it is discussing a takeover of UPC with Liberty Global. Fiat Chrysler recalls more than 800,000 pick-ups due to steering and brake pedal problems. Qatar and Exxon Mobil will invest $10 billion in a gas terminal in the United States. Uniper's President and Chief Financial Officer will leave the company at the end of August, amid tensions with the largest shareholder Fortum. Alcon (Novartis) will be listed on the SMI as soon as it is listed on the stock exchange. Goldman Sachs may reduce its brokerage activities, according to the Wall Street Journal.