S&P 500 futures lower as Nvidia dips ahead of earnings midweek 

U.S. stock-index futures moved lower as investors returned from the holiday weekend in cautious mood ahead of earnings reports that will shed light on the health of the consumer and crucial results from AI-darling Nvidia.

Chinese Banks Slash a Key Lending Rate as Economy Falters 

China's longer-term benchmark lending rate was lowered this month after the central bank held its policy rates steady, according to data released by the People's Bank of China.

China's New Securities Chief Meets With Market Participants 

The Chinese securities regulator's newly appointed head has assured market participants that the regulator will respond to market concerns to strengthen the country's capital markets that have been battered by weak investor confidence.

Data Show the Economy Is Booming. Wall Street Thinks Otherwise. 

A handful of high-profile reports on inflation, gross domestic product and the labor market have shown a hot economy, but many economists have minimized these surprises.

New Rules Will Force Buyout Firms to Flag Suspicious Investments 

The Treasury Department is extending anti-money-laundering rules to private-equity, venture-capital and hedge funds.

Oil Prices Near 3-Month Highs Amid Israel, Gaza Fighting. Red Sea Attacks Threaten Supply. 

Houthi rebels are still disrupting shipping routes through the Red Sea as fighting between Israel and Gaza continues.

Megaprojects in the Desert Sap Saudi Arabia's Cash 

To fill gaps, the kingdom has turned to borrowing, and it plans another sale of stock in Saudi Aramco.

Are Lithium Stocks at Rock Bottom? 

A recovery of the metal's market isn't yet in sight, but one will have to come eventually.

RBA Not Ruling Out Further Increases 

The Reserve Bank of Australia debated the possibility of raising interest rates further at its February meeting, but decided to leave policy settings unchanged given recent signs that inflation had moderated further.

Billions Start Flowing to Chip Makers for New U.S. Factories 

The Biden administration is pledging $1.5 billion in grants to GlobalFoundries in the first major award to revitalize the domestic semiconductor industry.

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