Morning Brief

Fed rate jitters slam US and world stock markets

Key Points


U.S. stock futures were sharply lower, pointing to an extension of Friday's slump, which saw the Dow lose almost 400 points, on renewed concerns about Fed interest rate hikes. European and Asian stock markets started their Mondays off more than 1 percent. (CNBC)

Ahead of next week's central bank meeting, Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart speaks at 8:05 a.m. ET, Fed Governor Lael Brainard speaks at 1 p.m. ET, and Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari speaks at 1 p.m. ET. Kashkari also appears on "Squawk Box" at 8 a.m. ET. (CNBC)

In a 5,100-word essay released just after midnight, Kashkari wrote the Fed is powerless to do much more, and the best route to faster U.S. economic growth is through non-monetary policy approaches such as immigration and tax reform. (Reuters)

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told CNBC on Monday he hopes Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton gets better and that he takes no satisfaction in her illness.

Hillary Clinton is canceling a campaign trip to California. Her doctor said on Sunday the Democratic nominee has pneumonia, a revelation that came hours after the candidate abruptly left a 9/11 memorial service, where she appeared unsteady in her departure. (Reuters & NBC News)

Clinton expressed "regret" for a comment made Friday night in which she said "half of Trump supporters" belong in a "basket of deplorables." But she did not apologize for her larger point. GOP nominee Donald Trump tweeted the insult would "cost her at the polls." (NBC News)

Tesla (TSLA) is updating its Autopilot, which includes allowing the use of advanced radar and requiring drivers to respond to audible warnings to use the system. Tesla chief Elon Musk said the changes would likely have prevented a fatal crash in May. (Reuters)

Apple (AAPL) is said to be scaling down its secretive, self-driving car project, with several dozen employees being laid off. Apple has never publicly acknowledged the driverless initiative, which reportedly includes hundreds of software and automotive experts. (WSJ)

Amazon (AMZN) and Pandora (P) are both, separately planning to launch new versions of their music streaming services in coming weeks. Pandora is expected to start a Spotify-Apple Music-like on-demand platform. Amazon is working on a two-tier service. (NY Times)

Time (TIME) is starting an ad-supported, streaming video service tomorrow, called the People/Entertainment Weekly Network. The launch represents an opportunity for the magazine publisher to diversify by gaining digital audience and scale. (WSJ)

Samsung shares fell another nearly 7 percent overnight to hit their lowest level in two months, after the Korean electronics giant urged users to switch off their Galaxy Note 7 devices and return them. The move comes in the midst of reports the batteries were catching fire. (Reuters)

Starboard Value has taken a 4.6 percent stake worth nearly $600 million in Perrigo (PRGO). The activist investment firm criticized the drugmaker for missing performance targets, while being distracted by fending off a Mylan (MYL) takeover last year. (WSJ)

Bridgewater, the world's largest hedge fund run by billionaire Ray Dalio, has attracted $22.5 billion, after taking the unexpected step of opening its active funds to new money for the first time in seven years. (FT)

More than 11 years after civil charges were filed, New York's case against Hank Greenberg, the former chief of AIG (AIG), goes to trial this week. The charges date to an era when Eliot Spitzer, then the New York State attorney general, brought a barrage of cases. (NY Times)


U.S. bond yields continue to move higher this morning, on the Fed rate hike talk. The 10-year yield was trading around 1.69 percent, after hitting its highest level since Brexit on Friday. Meanwhile, the yen strengthened against the dollar on safe-haven buying.

U.S. oil was sharply lower this morning, after plummeting 3.65 percent in Friday's selloff, breaking a four-day winning streak. Meanwhile, gold was lower again this morning, after Friday's drop extended the precious metal price decline to three in a row.

Central banks such as the Fed will be crucial in determining the state of global growth and the overall health of the energy sector, according to the latest monthly report from oil producer group OPEC. (CNBC)


Alphabet (GOOGL) and Sanofi (SNY) have formed a $500 million joint venture to focus on new solutions and treatments for diabetes. Sanofi will work with the Google parent's Verily life sciences unit.

Praxair (PX) and Germany's Linde have ended merger talks, according to both industrial gas makers. The potential combination would have had a total value of more than $60 billion.

Taro Pharmaceuticals (TARO) was subpoenaed by the Justice Department, along with two of its senior officers, in connection with a federal investigation into generic drug pricing.

HP Incorporated (HPQ) is buying Samsung's printer business for just over $1 billion. The deal, expected to close within 12 months, also sees Samsung investing up to $300 million in HP.

Lexmark's (LXK) soon-to-be new owners, Apex and PAG Asia Capital, are exploring the sale of the printer maker's software business, according to a Bloomberg report. The business could fetch up to $1 billion.


"Sully," starring Tom Hanks and directed by Clint Eastwood, topped the box office this weekend, debuting with $35.5 million in ticket sales. The movie tells the story of Captain Sully Sullenberger's 2009 emergency landing in the Hudson River, minutes after taking off. (AP)