Mnuchin told CNBC that he's confident President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping can make progress in stalled trade talks.World Economyread more
U.S. stock index futures jumped Wednesday morning after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told CNBC that the U.S. and China were almost there on a trade deal.US Marketsread more
President Donald Trump's administration hopes additional sanctions on Iran will force the country to negotiate.Politicsread more
Democrats want Mueller's testimony on his probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and Trump's efforts to influence it.Politicsread more
Stocks should rally if the U.S. and China agree to new negotiations and a ceasefire in the trade war, but the economic impact of tariffs will continue.Market Insiderread more
Bitcoin surged as high as $12,919 in early morning trade Wednesday, to its highest level since January 2018.Technologyread more
The trade war between Beijing and Washington appears to have depressed Chinese property purchases in the United States. China's own actions may also be playing a role.Real Estateread more
Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent out another email to his employees, pushing them to aim for a record number of vehicle deliveries to end the second quarter of 2019.Technologyread more
More than 300 companies are talking to government officials in Washington about how detrimental the trade war is.Marketsread more
The Senate is expected to pass its own version of the border aid legislation, while the Trump administration has threatened to veto both bills.Politicsread more
Some 4 million people have fled the South American country since 2015 amid an economic meltdown.World Politicsread more
Check out which companies are making headlines before the bell:
Men's Wearhouse, Jos. A. Bank–The two clothing retailers have entered into a non-disclosure agreement, under which they will exchange certain confidential information. Last week, Jos. A. Bank rejected a $63.50 per share takeover bid, but said it would be willing to engage in talks about a higher offer.
Darden Restaurants–The restaurant chain is making an investor presentation focusing on increasing shareholder value this morning, and is still planning to spin off its Red Lobster chain despite calls from a major shareholder to delay that move.
Berkshire Hathaway–Warren Buffett's company reported record profit in its latest annual letter to shareholders. Buffett will appear on this morning's edition of Squawk Box until 9 a.m. Eastern, giving his thoughts on both his company and the overall market outlook, as well as answering viewer questions.
Citigroup–Citi is reportedly the subject of an SEC investigation, after the bank disclosed fraudulent loans in its Mexican unit on Friday. The SEC is said to be looking into possible accounting fraud and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, according to Reuters.
Microsoft–The software giant's executive vice presidents, Tony Bates and Tami Reller, are leaving the company, according to Re/Code's Kara Swisher. New CEO Satya Nadella informed employees of the changes on Friday.
Caesars Entertainment–The casino operator has sold Bally's Las Vegas and other properties in that city to Caesars Growth Partners for $2.2 billion.
SodaStream–Barclays downgraded the stock to "equalweight" from "overweight". That comes after SodaStream's earnings report last week, in which it forecast 2014 revenue growth below analyst estimates.
Nokia–Canaccord Genuity upgraded the stock to "buy" from "hold", based on an anticipated increase in licensing revenue.
Apple–The company has rolled out its "CarPlay" technology today, with Mercedes, Volvo, and Ferrari the first automakers to include it. "CarPlay" allows iPhone users to receive messages, use maps, and make calls more easily.
—By CNBC's Peter Schacknow
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