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Futures lower after S&P and Nasdaq notch three-day losing streak

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Stock futures were lower this morning after the Dow closed more than 100 points lower in yesterday's session. The S&P 500 closed lower, posting its first three-day losing streak since August. The Nasdaq also slipped as tech stocks failed to lift the market higher. (CNBC)

* Emerging markets have been under pressure, but I'm buying the dip (CNBC)

UnitedHealth Group (UNH) has struck a $4.9 billion deal to acquire the DaVita Medical Group unit of kidney dialysis firm DaVita (DVA) in an all-cash transaction. DaVita's Medical Group operates nearly 300 clinics and half a dozen outpatient surgical centers. (CNBC)

Bitcoin broke above the $12,000 mark this morning, according to industry site CoinDesk. The cryptocurrency, which has surged more than 1,000 percent this year, now has a total market value of about $203 billion, more than twice Goldman Sachs' (GS) market cap. (CNBC)

* The cryptocurrency market is now worth more than JPMorgan (CNBC)
* Jack Dorsey's Square rolls out bitcoin to more of its Cash app users (CNBC)

On the data front, mortgage applications are due out at 7 a.m. ET, followed by ADP National Employment report at 8:15 a.m. ET, and productivity and costs data at 8:30 a.m. ET. (CNBC)


President Trump is set to announce today that the U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will move the embassy there, senior administration officials said. The officials said the embassy move could take "years." (CNBC)

* Why declaring Jerusalem as Israel's capital may upend peace in Middle East (USA Today)

Donald Trump Jr. asked a Russian lawyer at last year's Trump Tower meeting whether she had evidence of illegal donations to the Clinton Foundation, the lawyer told Senators, according to NBC News. Trump Jr. lost interest after she said she did not have dirt, the lawyer says.

The special counsel's office spent $3.2 million in its first four months probing ties between Trump's top advisors and Russia, according to the Department of Justice. The greatest expense was for the temporary reassignment of Justice Department employees. (CNBC)

GOP Sen. Jeff Flake posted a photo of a check from him for $100 made out to "Doug Jones for U.S. Senate," the Democrat running against Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama special election. Flake wrote "Country over Party" in the memo line. (CNBC)

* Trump ally Bannon campaigns for Moore in Alabama (Reuters)

The Trump administration is proposing reversing an Obama-era restriction on tip-pooling in restaurants. The rule allows employers to combine servers' tips and share them with the back of the house employees who don't get tips. (Axios)

A plot to assassinate Prime Minister Theresa May has been foiled, a U.K. news outlet reports. Police reportedly believe that the plan was to launch some sort of explosive device at May's residence and, in the ensuing chaos, attack and kill May.

Wind-driven fires tore through California communities this morning for the second time in two months. The fires, most damaging northwest of Los Angeles, left hundreds of homes feared lost and uprooted tens of thousands of people. (AP)

A U.S. B-1B bomber today joined large-scale U.S.-South Korean military exercises that North Korea has denounced. The drills come a week after North Korea said it had tested its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile. (Reuters)

Most people would be better served using Samsung's newest phones rather than Apple's (AAPL) iPhone X, according to Consumer Reports. Consumer Reports scores the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8 highest in its rankings. (CNBC)

* Apple's Cook optimistic that apps pulled in China will be back (Reuters)

In the latest Silicon Valley feud, Alphabet's (GOOGL) Google says it will block its video streaming application YouTube from two (AMZN) devices and criticized the online retailer for not selling Google hardware. (Reuters)


Dave & Buster's (PLAY) reported third-quarter earnings that beat Wall Street's estimates but missed on revenue. The restaurant and entertainment business also said comps were down 1.3 percent during the quarter and sees 2018 revenues in "low double digits."

Home Depot (HD) announced a $15 billion share repurchase plan. The largest U.S. home improvement chain also set a target to grow annual sales to between $114.7 billion and $119.8 billion by the year ending January 2021.

Due to a surge in holiday online shopping orders during the peak shipping period, United Parcel Service (UPS) says some deliveries will be delayed. The company has now shifted some employees and resources to certain markets.

Apple (AAPL) Chief Executive Tim Cook says he's optimistic that some of its apps pulled from the China Apple Store earlier this year will be reinstated. He also said he is pleased with how the iPhone X is doing in China.


A new technology is being developed to help with scenarios where an astronaut gets stranded during a spacewalk. A button incorporated into a space suit, dubbed "Take Me Home," could transport an astronaut safely back to the space station. (The Verge)