Stock futures were higher on Monday ahead of a big week for earnings and economic updates.

Earnings season will pick up speed on Tuesday, when results from Amazon, McDonald's and Coca-Cola are due.

The Federal Reserve's policy announcement on Wednesday may show whether investors are right to lose hope of looming interest-rate cuts.

While the Fed isn't expected to change its policy rate from the current 5.25% to 5.5% range, investors will be focusing on whether there's increased emphasis on inflation staying above the central bank's 2% yearly target.

CBIZ Investment Advisory Services said policymakers will be "stuck between a rock and a hard place" if they stay committed to a 2% inflation target.

"If there's some softening in that 2% inflation target, it opens the door to at least one cut by the end of 2024."

Premarket Movers

Alphabet was down 0.4% in premarket trading. The parent company of Google rose 10% Friday and closed with a market cap of $2.13 trillion, the first time it has closed with a valuation above $2 trillion.

AMC Entertainment said late Friday that last year's writer and actor strikes would dent its first-quarter results. Its shares fell about 3%.

The FDIC said that Fulton Bank, a subsidiary of Fulton Financial, would assume the deposits of struggling bank Republic First Bancorp. WSJ reported earlier on Friday that regulators were set to seize the bank. Fulton's shares were up 8.9%.

Paramount Global rallied premarket. On Friday, its shares fell roughly 2% after WSJ reported that Paramount was considering replacing CEO Bob Bakish.

Tesla rose about 6%, poised to extended last week's rally. Elon Musk won Beijing's blessing to roll out its driver-assistance service on a visit to China, Tesla's biggest overseas market.

SoFi was rising 2.8% ahead of its first-quarter earnings report, scheduled for before the stock market opens Monday.

Post Close Movers

Clever Leaves said it was planning to voluntarily delist its shares from the Nasdaq and deregister its securities. The company said its board considered factors including its likely future non-compliance with listing requirements. Shares of Clever Leaves fell 66%.

Deutsche Bank said a court indicated it may find elements of a lawsuit by former shareholders of Postbank valid, prompting the company to have a legal provision in the second quarter. U.S.-listed shares dropped 4.6%.

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The Japanese yen strengthened, bouncing after it briefly hit a new 34-year low of 160 against the dollar on waning expectations for near-term rate increases from the Bank of Japan.

Following the apparent lack of intervention by Japanese authorities on Friday, despite the yen's sharp depreciation, "the market appears to be losing its fear of intervention," RBC Capital Markets said.

Analysts said the lack of liquidity on a Japanese holiday had exacerbated the yen's drop .

In contrast to the recent weak performance of the Japanese yen, the euro and sterling have been rising recently against the dollar, helped because the expectation that the U.S. will cut interest rates later than the eurozone and U.K. is now priced in to markets, MUFG said.

"A rate cut is not fully priced in now in the U.S. until November compared to by July in the eurozone and September in the U.K.," it said, adding that an improving economic outlook in Europe has also helped the currencies.


LBBW raised its forecasts for 10-year Treasury and German Bund yields to reflect the negative momentum in bond markets which drives yields higher.

"In the short term, we believe this will weigh particularly heavily," it said, adding that LBBW continues to see potential for a "summer rally" on the major government bond markets.

LBBW sees the 10-year Treasury yield at 4.55% by midyear versus 3.95% expected before, and at 4.50% by year-end versus 4.20% previously. It expects the 10-year Bund yield at 2.50% by midyear, up from 2.10% expected previously, and at 2.30% by year-end, up from 2.20%.


Oil prices traded lower after the latest U.S. data reinforced prospects of higher-for-longer interest rates, but signs of a tightening physical market limited the downside.

All eyes are now on the Fed's two-day meeting on Wednesday and the April jobs report on Friday.

Meanwhile, the strength in oil timespreads--the premium of a front-month contract to the second month--suggests a deficit over the second quarter of the year, ING said.

"The Brent June/July spread traded to a high of $1.34/bbl on Friday, after trading closer to a backwardation of $0.70/bbl at the start of the week."

The outlook for the second half is instead less clear and depends on OPEC+'s output policy.


Gold futures slipped on easing safe-haven demand as geopolitical tensions moderated and markets turned their attention to U.S. inflation.


It's difficult to see what will cap the upside to the uranium price in the short term, Shaw & Partners said.

"In our view the uranium price is likely to continue moving higher with U.S. and European utilities not covered for their fuel requirements from 2026-2028 and limited new supply in that timeframe."

Shaw assumes a multi-year price spike to $150/lb, before settling to its long-term U3O8 realized price assumption of $76/lb in 2030.


Rising Food Prices Send More Shoppers to Aldi

Pulling a cardboard box of Aldi's store-brand barbecue sauce off the shelf, Jason Hart demonstrated how the custom-made crate fits neatly into shelves, stacking one on top of another to maximize space.

The pallets, which line shelves across nearly every aisle, are the same ones in which the barbecue sauce is shipped. They are pulled off a truck and placed directly onto shelves, saving employees time unpacking and stocking-and ultimately saving Aldi money.

Coming to a CVS Near You: A Store Brand Monoclonal Antibody

Most shoppers are familiar with CVS Health's many private label products, from women's daily multivitamins to heart-healthy trail mix.

There is a reason CVS and other retailers place those products prominently on their shelves: Store brands are more profitable for them because they offer higher margins. Now CVS is deploying that same approach to the much more profitable business of blockbuster prescription drugs. The move already seems to be paying off and spreading to other managed care organizations, like Cigna Group, with major repercussions for manufacturers of lower-cost biosimilar products. These are cheaper versions of biotech drugs made from living cells, which are far more complicated to make than traditional pills.

Musk Wins China's Backing for Tesla's Driver-Assistance Service

SINGAPORE-Elon Musk wrapped up a trip to China in less than 24 hours and came away with a crucial victory as he pushes to reignite Tesla's sagging growth.

After his flurry of meetings with top officials in Beijing, China's government signaled its blessing for Tesla to roll out its advanced driver-assistance service in the carmaker's second-biggest market. The Tesla chief executive is seeking to expand use of the controversial software feature globally as the company confronts the prospect of lower sales growth this year.

Large Pension Bets Big on AMD, Walmart, Peloton Stock. It Sold GM.

One of the largest pensions in the U.S. made major changes in its stock investments in the first quarter, including cutting a stake in one of the most iconic companies in its state.

State of Michigan Retirement System bought more Advanced Micro Devices stock, quintupled an investment in Peloton Interactive, tripled its Walmart stake, and sold General Motors stock. The pension disclosed the stock trades, among others, in a form it filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Yen Rebounds After Hitting 34-Year Low of 160 to Dollar in Thin Trade

The Japanese yen strengthened sharply in afternoon trading in Asia, bouncing after it briefly hit a new 34-year low of 160 against the dollar on waning expectations for near-term rate increases from the Bank of Japan.

The yen rebounded to 155.07 to the dollar Monday afternoon after earlier touching its weakest level since April 1990. Trading volumes were thin as it was a public holiday in Japan. The yen was 158.34 to the dollar late Friday in New York.

Investors Are Showering AI Startups With Cash. One Problem: They Don't Have Much of a Business

Artificial intelligence startup Imbue has hoodies branded with its circular orange logo, an office in the heart of San Francisco and marquee investors who lavished the company with more than $210 million.

Work and life blend together for its few dozen employees, who share their emotions with one another at a weekly event called "Feelings Friday" to build trust and connection.

Soaring Treasury Yields Challenge Stock-Market Gains

This month's rise in long-term interest rates is raising investors' anxiety about what is next for the stock market.

Treasury yields touched new 2024 highs this past week after fresh data showed lingering inflation. Wall Street traders entered the year expecting the Federal Reserve to cut rates a half-dozen times. Now they are pricing in just one. The yield on the benchmark 10-year note, which rises as bond prices fall, has climbed nearly a percentage point from its February lows, settling Friday at 4.668%.

Stocks risk a wild week with Big Tech earnings, Fed's faceoff with inflation

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