Morning Brief

Stocks under pressure | Ex-Nissan CEO post bail | New depression treatment approved


Futures were lower this morning as investors weighed ongoing U.S.-China trade negotiations. The Dow and S&P 500 have been down for five of the past six sessions, while the Nasdaq has fallen in three of the past four days. The Dow Transports have been down for eight straight sessions. (CNBC)

* Cramer: Why Trump could decide to walk away from a trade deal with China (CNBC)

The Federal Reserve is out with its Beige Book - the region-by-region assessment of the U.S. economy - at 2 p.m. ET. Additionally, New York Fed President John Williams and Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester both have public appearances today. (CNBC)

ADP releases its February report on private sector employment, with economists expecting 185,000 new private sector jobs for the month following an addition of 213,000 in January. The report will be out at 8:15 a.m. ET. At 8:30 a.m. ET, the government is out with December trade deficit figures. (CNBC)

Brown-Forman (BF.B), Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), Dollar Tree (DLTR), and Thor Industries (THO) are out with their quarterly earnings reports this morning, while American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) is among the few companies releasing numbers after today's closing bell. (CNBC)


Former Nissan Motor boss Carlos Ghosn left prison on a $9 million bail today, slipping past a throng of reporters in a blue cap and surgical mask, after vowing to mount a defense against financial misconduct charges. (Reuters)

The Wall Street Journal reported North Korea is restoring a missile launch site it previously claimed to be dismantling. The disclosure came in the wake of the failed summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.

New York state regulators have issued a subpoena to Aon, the insurance brokerage for President Trump's company, as part of a large probe into the Trump Organization's business practices. (CNBC)

* Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's 4th day of testimony could touch on Russia, finances

Trump, speaking a White House event, appeared to suggest that the administration may refuse to comply with a slew of requests for documents sent this week by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y. (CNBC)

Border at "breaking point" as more that 76,000 cross in a month (NYT)

Michael Bloomberg will not run for president in 2020, the billionaire businessman wrote in a statement posted online, ending months of speculation about the political future of one of the Democratic Party's top donors. (CNBC)

* Bloomberg says Green New Deal 'stands no chance' in Senate (CNBC)

CNBC has learned that former Congressman Beto O'Rourke has started engaging with potential campaign managers in case he decides to run for president in 2020. No job offer has been made. (CNBC)

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is recommending that Elon Musk's Boring Company design, construct and operate an underground people mover on its conference center campus. (CNBC)

Baillie Gifford, the second-largest stakeholder in Tesla behind Elon Musk, said he doesn't fear an SEC-inspired ouster of the CEO, according to a report by Barron's. "We wouldn't be against him having a different role," he said.

Morgan Stanley says automakers want to sell cars like Tesla does but can't: 'It's against the law' (CNBC)

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced he is resigning to spend more time with his family. He's credited with leading the agency's charge against under age vaping as well as speeding up approvals for generic drugs. (CNBC)

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) received FDA approval to market its antidepressant nasal spray, the first new depression treatment in more than 30 years. The treatment comes with a boxed warning, the FDA's harshest. (Reuters)


Urban Outfitters (URBN) reported adjusted quarterly profit of 83 cents per share, four cents above estimates, with revenue essentially in line. However, the clothing retailer said 2019 had gotten off to a slower than expected start, due to both colder weather and what it called its own "costly mistakes" in its spring fashion lines.

Ross Stores (ROST) beat estimates by seven cents with profit of $1.20 per share for its latest quarter, while the discount retailer's revenue beat estimates as well. However, Ross also said it is taking a "prudent approach" to 2019, noting tough comparisons and a competitive retail landscape.

Nio (NIO) posted a wider than expected quarterly loss, with the Chinese electric car maker saying deliveries of its flagship SUV model slower than expected.

Logitech (LOGI) raised its long-term earnings targets, and the maker of computer peripherals also gave an upbeat sales forecast for the fiscal year ending in March 2020.

Philip Morris International (PM) circumvented an India ban on foreign direct investment by paying manufacturing costs to its Indian partner, according to internal company documents seen by Reuters.

Ambarella (ABMA) reported adjusted quarterly profit of 14 cents per share, 10 cents above estimates, while the chipmaker's revenue also came in above Wall Street forecasts. Ambarella makes high definition video chips.

Newmont Mining (NEM) CEO Gary Goldberg and Barrick Gold (GOLD) CEO Mark Bristow had a "constructive" meeting Tuesday night in New York, according to a Newmont executive, and the two are likely to meet again. Newmont has rejected a takeover bid from Barrick, with Barrick subsequently proposing a possible joint venture involving Nevada properties.


Fans of "Game of Thrones" have waited more than a year to find out the fate of their favorite (and least favorite) characters. And now they got their first glimpse of what is to come in the epic finale. (CNBC)