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10 things you need to know before the opening bell

Published by Business Insider on Mon, 22 Feb 2021


<p><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/602b7fa5b3c2a800183cce02-2400/GettyImages-1207623357.jpg" border="0" alt="Trader" data-mce-source="Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images" data-link="https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/traders-work-during-the-closing-bell-at-the-new-york-stock-news-photo/1207623357'adppopup=true"></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p><strong><em><a href="https://newsletter.businessinsider.com/join/4np/10-things-opening-bell&amp;hash=8122c716833601fc1471f79af063b104'utm_source=markets&amp;utm_medium=ingest'utm_source=markets&amp;utm_medium=ingest'utm_source=markets&amp;utm_medium=ingest" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Welcome to 10 Things Before the Opening Bell. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning.</a></em></strong></p><p><strong><a href="http://newsletter.businessinsider.com/join/4np/insider-investing'nr_email_referer=1&amp;utm_sou%5B" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url'q=http://newsletter.businessinsider.com/join/4np/insider-investing'nr_email_referer%3D1%26utm_sou%255B&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1613646148823000&amp;usg=AFQjCNG9Blk5QSBHnTowBROlRgbu-QjJEA">Sign up for Insider Investing</a></strong>&nbsp;for your weekly markets analysis.</p><p>1.<strong> US futures are down</strong>. <a href="https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/stock-markets-today-us-futures-ease-as-inflation-fears-pick-up-2021-2-1030106684">See what markets are doing today</a>.</p><p>2.<strong> Tesla scored profits worth $1 billion on its bitcoin bet</strong>. The electric-vehicle maker is <a href="https://markets.businessinsider.com/currencies/news/tesla-bitcoin-profit-scored-billion-dollar-bet-wedbush-estimate-2021-2-1030106654">set to make more from bitcoin</a> than its profit from car sales in 2020, Wedbush said.</p><p>3.<strong> Toast is preparing an IPO that could value it at around $20 billion</strong>. The Boston-based company could also <a href="https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/toast-ipo-valuation-plan-around-20-bln-wsj-restaurant-2021-2-1030106842">consider a sale or a merger with a blank-check company</a>, the WSJ said.</p><p>4.<strong> Michael Burry says 'prepare for inflation.'</strong> "The Big Short" investor warned <a href="https://markets.businessinsider.com/currencies/news/big-short-michael-burry-warns-inflation-bitcoin-gold-hedge-risk-2021-2-1030102452">governments might 'squash' bitcoin and gold</a> to protect their currencies.</p><p>5.<strong> Bitcoin versus gold</strong>. Ten experts told us <a href="https://markets.businessinsider.com/currencies/news/bitcoin-vs-gold-experts-cryptocurrency-precious-metals-analysis-2021-2-1030103905">which asset they'd rather hold</a> for the next 10 years, and why.</p><p>6. <strong><a href="https://markets.businessinsider.com/earnings-calendar#date=02/22/2021&amp;name=&amp;countries=&amp;eventtypes=103,99&amp;tab=L">Earnings expected</a></strong>. Palo Alto Networks, Royal Caribbean Cruises, and Occidental Petroleum are highlights.&nbsp;</p><p>7. <strong><a href="https://markets.businessinsider.com/economic-calendar">On the data docket</a></strong>. Fed Reserve Governor Michelle Bowman's speech, the Chicago Fed National Activity index, and the US 3-month and 6-month bill auctions are due.&nbsp;</p><p>8.&nbsp;<strong>Bank of America is expecting the strongest economic comeback in 40 years</strong>.&nbsp;The firm has pinpointed&nbsp;<a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/stock-picks-to-buy-cheap-small-caps-economic-upside-bofa-2021-2'r=opening-bell" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url'q=https://www.businessinsider.com/stock-picks-to-buy-cheap-small-caps-economic-upside-bofa-2021-2'r%3Dopening-bell&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1614078200949000&amp;usg=AFQjCNFuBsmRsFtOuIm7DGMJEhbFqNFugQ">these 14 stocks it says are perfectly positioned to soar</a>.</p><p>9.&nbsp;<strong>We spoke to the investing chief for the $72 billion Rockefeller global family office</strong>.&nbsp;Jimmy Chang explains&nbsp;<a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/rockefeller-cio-warns-on-bitcoin-stock-market-risk-jimmy-chang-2021-2'r=opening-bell" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url'q=https://www.businessinsider.com/rockefeller-cio-warns-on-bitcoin-stock-market-risk-jimmy-chang-2021-2'r%3Dopening-bell&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1614078200949000&amp;usg=AFQjCNEzOVdW9bm9Uj3BN8wbQradkp92CA">why he thinks of bitcoin's stratospheric surge as the 'Tinkerbell Effect'</a>&nbsp;driven by hype.</p><p>10.&nbsp;<strong>A hedge fund chief and crypto bull shares a SPAC-investing strategy set to benefit in the inevitable bear market</strong>.&nbsp;Mark Yusko also breaks down&nbsp;<a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/spac-etf-investing-strategy-bear-market-morgan-creek-mark-yusko-2021-2'r=opening-bell" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url'q=https://www.businessinsider.com/spac-etf-investing-strategy-bear-market-morgan-creek-mark-yusko-2021-2'r%3Dopening-bell&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1614078200949000&amp;usg=AFQjCNHBsU8xBnupL5WQAboaHA00JPjrKg">why digital assets will be the next big beneficiary of the SPAC boom</a>.</p><p><a href="https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/opening-bell-february-22-2021-2-1030106915#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p> <p>NOW WATCH: <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/racist-origins-marijuana-prohibition-legalization-2018-2">The racist origins of marijuana prohibition</a></p>
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