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Boeing's big bump on earnings supports stock futures

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U.S. stock futures were higher this morning as the earnings spigot opens and the Fed concludes its two-day July meeting. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq on Tuesday logged all-time high closes, while the rally pushed the Dow about 28 points away from a record close. (CNBC)

Two Dow components, Coca-Cola (KO) and Boeing (BA), and Ford (F) highlight this morning's long list of earnings reports. Facebook (FB) leads today's after-the-bell list, accompanied by quarterly results from Whole Foods (WFM) and Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD).

* Boeing beat on earnings, boosts guidance (CNBC)
* Coca-Cola's earnings, sales top expectations with more healthy drinks on tap (CNBC)
* Ford earnings top estimates, raises full year forecast (CNBC)

President Donald Trump said in a Wall Street Journal interview he's considering re-nominating Janet Yellen as Fed chair but also views White House economic advisor Gary Cohn as a top candidate.

The Yellen Fed issues its policy statement at 2 p.m. ET. The market does not expect an interest rate hike this time around or a move yet to shrink its $4.5 trillion balance sheet. But Wall Street was hanging on how central bankers characterize inflation. (CNBC)

* Low mortgage rates barely boost weekly applications (CNBC)
* June new home sales out at 10 a.m. ET (Census)

New research from JPMorgan (JPM) examining historical data said the risk of a dramatic decline in housing prices is low, despite current fears of a correction in the U.S. and Canada. (CNBC)

Bitcoin remained under pressure this morning after getting slammed more than 10 percent Tuesday, falling to its lowest level in five sessions. Rival digital currency Ethereum was down big too. (CNBC)


After a narrow Senate vote to open debate, a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare that Republican senators have been working on for months failed to get the 60 votes needed for approval last night. It was the first of many expected votes this week. (Reuters)

* Here's the lowdown on 'skinny repeal' of Obamacare (NBC News)
* Trump sees 'problems' for senators against getting rid of Obamacare (CNBC)
* McCain returns and bashes GOP health-care process in an emotional speech (USA Today)
* Trump signals his next priority: overhauling the US tax code (WSJ)

Moscow is stepping up its war of words against Washington after the House voted overwhelmingly in favor of imposing new sanctions on Russia. A prominent Russian lawmaker said the Russian government should consider a "painful" response. (CNBC)

* US sanctions thus far take a big bite out of Russia's economy (CNBC)

Energy Secretary Rick Perry optimistically discussed expanding American coal exports to Ukraine and other energy matters during a lengthy phone call this month with a Russian prankster who the former Texas governor thought was Ukraine's prime minister. (Reuters)

President Trump, in a Wall Street Journal interview, said Apple (AAPL) is moving forward with three big U.S. factories. In May, Apple first told CNBC about a $1 billion fund to promote advanced manufacturing jobs in the United States.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman is said to be on the Uber CEO short list, a role that opened up after co-founder Travis Kalanick resigned under pressure. But a HPE spokesperson said Whitman is committed to her job there. (Recode)

Blue Apron (APRN) co-founder Matthew Wadiak is stepping down as chief operating officer, to take up a role as senior advisor to the meal kit service. Blue Apron shares, which have been struggling since its June 29 IPO, were under pressure in the premarket. (CNBC)

Viacom (VIAB) has informed Scripps Networks (SNI) it would be willing to pay all cash to acquire the American television network operator. Discovery (DISCA) has also expressed interest, but it's reportedly not willing to make an all-cash offer. (Reuters)

AT&T (T) was about 3 percent higher in premarket trading after reporting adjusted quarterly profit of 79 cents per share, 6 cents above estimates. Revenue also beat. The telecom giant expects to close its $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner (TWX) by the end of the year. (CNBC)

Chipotle (CMG) was higher in the premarket after an earnings beat as profits more than doubled from the year-ago quarter. Revenue was slightly below forecasts. The restaurant chain said it's retraining its employees on food safety following a series of lapses. (CNBC)

* Chipotle's recent norovirus outbreak was the result of lax sick-policy enforcement (CNBC)

Celgene (CELG) has agreed to pay $280 million to the federal government and a number of state governments to settle a case involving accusations of improper promotion of cancer drugs and false reimbursement claims. (NY Times)

In its first major investor conference since the 2008 financial crisis, Citigroup (C) outlined an ambitious plan to grow profits and return at least $60 billion to shareholders. An interview with Citigroup CEO Michael Corbat airs at 6 p.m. ET on CNBC's Mad Money.


IRobot (IRBT) shares were soaring about 18 percent in the premarket after the Roomba automated vacuum maker reported quarterly earnings and revenue that way exceeded expectations. IRobot also boosted guidance.

Shares of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) were rising about 9 percent in premarket trading after the semiconductor firm issued strong guidance on the back of better than expected quarterly results.

Nintendo swung to profit in its financial first quarter, beating analyst expectations, boosted by a strong performance from its new Switch console and hit new Mario and Zelda games.

Amgen (AMGN) reported adjusted quarterly profit of $3.27 per share, 16 cents better than estimates. The biotech firm also raised its full-year outlook, but the midpoint was below consensus forecasts.

U.S. Steel (X) was surging about 7 percent in the premarket after more than tripling the 34 cent consensus estimates by reporting adjusted quarterly profit of $1.07 per share. Revenue also beat.

Wynn Resorts (WYNN) shares were under pressure after delivering adjusted quarterly profit of $1.18 per share, which only exceeded estimates by 2 cents. The casino operator's revenue also beat.

Express Scripts (ESRX) reported adjusted quarterly profit of $1.73 per share, matching estimates. Revenue was slightly short and the stock was lower. But the pharmacy benefits manager increased its full-year outlook.


The team who created Amazon's warehouse robots have a new startup that's made a robot called Chuck to help warehouse workers pick and pack orders more efficiently. (CNBC)

The internal combustion engine was dealt another blow when the U.K. pledged to ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars by 2040, following a similar move three weeks ago by France. (WSJ)