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10 things you need to know before the opening bell (SPY, SPX, QQQ, DIA, GM, WAG, XRX)

Published by Business Insider on Tue, 13 Feb 2018


Here is what you need to know.Trump's budget proposes making part of the food-stamp program a meal-delivery service with boxed grocery deliveries.President Donald Trump's budget proposes Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)recipients would begin to receive some of their benefits in the form of a package with groceries inside including "items such as shelf-stable milk, ready to eat cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans and canned fruit, vegetables, and meat, poultry or fish."Theresa May is prepared to bring forward Brexit day to December 2020.UK Prime Minister Theresa May is reportedly prepared to accept EU demands that any Brexit transition must end by December 31, 2020. Previously, the UK government had sought a transition phase of at least 2 years.UK inflation holds at 3%."The cost of entry to attractions such as zoos and gardens" was a key driver in the higher than expected reading, according to the Office for National Statistics.It looks like very few US citizens are telling the IRS about their crypto trading.Less than 100 people out of the 250,000 individuals who have already filed federal taxes this year through company Credit Karma reported a cryptocurrency transaction to the IRS despitea recent Quavltric survey showing 57% of the 2,000 Americans surveyed saying they had realized some gains from digital currencies.Walgreens has reportedly approachedAmerisourceBergen about a takeover.Walgreens, which already owns 26% of the drug distributor, reached out a couple of weeks ago to discuss a deal, the Wall Street Journal reports. Shares of AmerisourceBergen are up more than 17% ahead of the opening bell.General Motors has begun the process of exiting South Korea. The automaker announced it is closing one of four assembly plants in the country, and will decide the fate of the other three within weeks, Reuters says.Carl Icahn is trying to stop theXerox-Fujifilm deal. Icahn and fellow activist investorDarwin Deason are urging shareholders to oppose the $6.1 billion deal, sayingXerox can create "enormous value for shareholders, and it does not involve selling control to Fuji without a premium," according to a Reuters report.A female executive at Steve Cohen's investment firm says it created a hostile work environment toward women.Associate director Lauren Bonner filed a lawsuit against Point 72, accusing it of being a "testosterone-fueled 'boys' club,'" andoutlining a number of alleged incidents in which women were targeted by male colleagues who disparaged their abilities and talked negatively about their bodies, The New York Times reports.Stock markets around the world trade mixed.Hong Kong's Hang Seng (+1.29%) led the gains in Asia and Germany's DAX (-0.22%) lags in Europe. The S&P 500 is set to open down 0.6% near 2,640.Earnings reporting picks back up.Blue Apron, Pepsi, and Under Armour report ahead of the opening bell.Join the conversation about this story
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