Morning Brief

Dow looks to rebound on Wall Street after two straight days of triple-digit losses

Key Points


Stock futures were modestly higher this morning, following a two-day sell-off that shaved a good chunk off some notable January gains. The Dow and S&P are still on track for their biggest monthly gains since March 2016, the Nasdaq since October 2015. (CNBC)

The Federal Reserve issues its interest rate decision and policy statement at 2 p.m. ET, following the conclusion of its two-day meeting. The Fed is expected to keep rates steady at Janet Yellen's final meeting as Fed chair. There's no news conference after the meeting. (CNBC)

Dow component Boeing (BA) highlights this morning's earnings calendar, with ADP (ADP), Anthem (ANTM) and others. Facebook (FB) and Microsoft (MSFT) are among the prominent names releasing earnings after today's closing bell. (CNBC)

* Blockchain technology to boost Microsoft earnings: Trader (CNBC)

The Mortgage Bankers Association will issue its weekly look at mortgage applications at 7 a.m. ET. The January ADP report on private sector employment releases at 8:15 a.m. The Chicago Purchasing Managers Index is out at 9:45 a.m. At 10 a.m., the National Association of Realtors will issue its December report on pending home sales. (CNBC)


President Donald Trump delivered a reserved and serious tone during his speech at his first State of the Union address. Trump sought to be optimistic, and describe a "New American Moment" characterized by prosperity, rebuilding and cooperation. (CNBC)

* Trump's full prepared remarks from his first SOTU (CNBC)
* How some of Trump's SOTU claims stand up to reality (NBC News)
* Swing voters rate Trump's 'on the plus side of mediocre' (USA Today)

Trump called on Congress to advance a $1.5 trillion plan to "rebuild our crumbling infrastructure." Officials told CNBC at the end of 2017 that the push for infrastructure would likely begin in January, making it the next issue after taxes. (CNBC)

* Trump: Cutting drug prices is a top priority (CNBC)
* Trump touts repeal of individual mandate in Obamacare (CNBC)
* Trump calls for prison reform and links violent crime to undocumented immigration (CNBC)

Rep. Joe Kennedy III delivered a broad rebuke of President Trump's policies last night. The Massachusetts Democrat downplayed the president's effect on the U.S. economy and pushed back on his immigration goals. (CNBC)

* No pivot: Trump's first SOTU address didn't change a thing (CNBC)
* Here are the policy areas where Trump is urging Democrats to work with him (CNBC)


Trump said he would "100 percent" allow the public release of a GOP-drafted memo alleging surveillance abuses by the FBI and Justice Department. Officials have warned that releasing the memo could set a dangerous precedent. (Washington Post)

Trump has been talking to his friends about possibly asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions to prosecute special counsel Robert Mueller, NBC News reports. It's unclear what charges Mueller could possibly face in such a situation.

Hillary Clinton said she should have fired an aide in her 2008 presidential campaign that was accused of sexual harassment. She posted a lengthy statement last night on Facebook (FB) before Trump's State of the Union address. (NY Times)

Larry Nassar, the doctor accused of sexually assaulting more than 150 women and girls, will be confronted again by victims as he faces another sentence. The event could unfold the same as a hearing last week that ended with Nassar getting sentenced to up to 175 years. (AP)

Amazon (AMZN) told employees its new health-care partnership with Berkshire Hathaway and J.P. Morgan will take a "considerable amount of time," and that "nothing is changing" to the company's current health-care offering to employees. (CNBC)

* Cramer: How to play the Amazon-Berkshire-JP Morgan move (CNBC)
* How Jamie Dimon, Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffett got together on health care (CNBC)

H&M has announced it would open far fewer stores in 2018 as it responds to the shift to shopping online. The fashion retailer said it planned a net addition of about 220 stores in 2018, compared with 388 in 2017. (Reuters)


Apple (AAPL) was downgraded to "market perform" from "outperform" at BMO Capital, which is considered that a secular change for the worse is in store for the iPhone.

Xerox (XRX) will be absorbed into its joint venture with Japan's Fujifilm, under a new agreement struck between the two companies. The new entity will be known as Fuji Xerox and keep its New York Stock Exchange Listing. Current Xerox shareholders will receive $9.80 per share in cash in the form of a special dividend.

Electronic Arts (EA) reported adjusted quarterly profit of $2.18 per share, missing estimates by a penny, with the videogame publisher's revenue also slightly below estimates. However, the company also gave stronger than expected guidance for the current quarter, with the launch of its "UFC 3" game set for later this week.

Foot Locker (FL) was upgraded to "outperform" from "perform" at Oppenheimer, which cites a cheap valuation for the athletic footwear and apparel retailer's shares and the likelihood of increased sales momentum from new Nike (NKE) offerings.

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) beat estimates by 3 cents with adjusted quarterly profit of 8 cents per share. The chip maker's revenue also topped forecasts, as did its current quarter guidance.

Align Technology (ALGN) reported adjusted quarterly profit of $1.19 per share, well above the 96 cent consensus estimate, and the maker of Invisalign dental braces also saw revenue beat forecasts


Music service Spotify quietly released a new standalone app for Android that's dedicated to quick, easy playlist and station listening. The app, Stations, is free and is also an experiment, according to the company. (The Verge)