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The Dow Jones today projected a 61-point decline as investors prepared for the president's announcement on Iran. According to European diplomats, U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw the United States from the deal, despite the fact that rejecting the pact is likely to foster an international crisis.
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The Top Stock Market Stories for Tuesday
- President Trump will announce today if he will pull the United States out of the Obama-era nuclear deal. Trump wants European members of the treaty to amend certain issues regarding Iran's uranium enrichment capacity. Energy stocks and oil prices had been rising on speculation that Trump would slap Iran again with economic sanctions, disrupting the region's oil production.
- Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is currently working to obtain enough capital to purchase certain assets of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. (NYSE: FOXA). The ability to raise capital would allow Comcast to replace Disney's $52 billion bid for the many of Fox's key businesses.
- Markets are reacting to a speech made this morning by U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell. During a speech in Zurich, Switzerland, Powell said that rising U.S. interest rates would not have a significant impact on emerging markets and foreign stock markets. This has long been a concern for other nations as the U.S. dollar rises and American bonds become more attractive to international investors.
Four Stocks to Watch Today: DIS, C, SNAP
- The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) will lead another busy day of earnings reports today. Investors will be exploring the impact of recent price hikes at the company's theme parks, as well as the ongoing concerns about cable cutting and how this trend affects ESPN. Markets anticipate that the company will report earnings per share of $1.68 on top of $14.23 billion in revenue.
- Shares of Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) are on the move. The uptick came after activist investor ValueAct announced a $1.2 billion stake in the investment bank. Citigroup shares were up 1.2% in pre-market hours.
- Shares of Snap Inc. (NYSE: SNAP) gained 1% in pre-market hours. The owner of social media giant Snapchat said that its CFO Drew Vollero will step down next week. The executive will be replaced by a financial executive at Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN). Snap continues to face incredible pressures after the firm fell short of subscriber growth expectations when it reported earnings last week.
- Look for additional earnings reports from Electronic Arts Inc. (Nasdaq: EA), TripAdvisor Inc. (Nasdaq: TRIP), Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX), Monster Beverage Corp. (Nasdaq: MNST), Marriott International Inc. (NYSE: MAR), Fossil Inc. (Nasdaq: FOSL), JD.com Inc. (Nasdaq: JD), Strum, Ruger & Co. (NYSE: RGR), and LendingClub Corp. (NYSE: LC).
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Garrett Baldwin is a globally recognized research economist, financial writer, and consultant with degrees from Northwestern, Johns Hopkins, Purdue, and Indiana University. He is a seasoned financial and political risk analyst, with a focus on stocks, hedge funds, private equity, blockchain, and housing policy. He has conducted risk assessment projects for clients in 27 countries, and consulted on policy and financial operations for some of the nation's largest financial institutions, including a $1.5 trillion credit fund, a $43 billion credit and auto loan giant, as well as two of the largest Wall Street banks by assets under management.
Garrett joined Money Map Press as an economist and researcher in 2011, specializing in alternative strategies with an emphasis on fundamental and technical analysis.