5 Things to Know

5 things to know before the stock market opens Tuesday

1. Dow futures fall about 130 points to start off the week

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, January 27, 2020.
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U.S. stocks were set to start off the shortened trading week on a sour note. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures traded about 130 points lower. S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures indicated declines of at least 0.5% at the open. A decline would mark a three-day losing streak for the Dow. In the past month, investors have been weighing the possibility of slower global economic activity due to the coronavirus outbreak. On Monday, tech giant Apple warned it will take a hit because of disease.

2. Apple warns coronavirus will keep it from meeting revenue forecast

Apple CEO Tim Cook
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Apple shares traded about 2% lower in the premarket and chip stocks also dropped in Tusday's premarket, a day after Apple warned about a "slower return to normal conditions than we had anticipated" in China due to the coronavirus outbreak. The tech giant warned that the effects of the outbreak will prevent it from meeting its fiscal second-quarter revenue forecast. Originally, Apple issued revenue guidance ranging $63 billion to $67 billion for the quarter. Apple noted its China-based facilities have reopened, but production is "ramping up more slowly than we had anticipated," leading to iPhone supply shortages. 

3. Walmart earnings miss amid holiday season weakness

A shopper pushes 2 carts full of Morf Boards, a popular kids toy, through a Walmart in Phoenix, Arizona.
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Walmart shares rose about 1% in the premarket despite weaker-than-expected quarterly results. The retail giant reported an adjusted profit of $1.38 per share on revenue of $141.67 billion. Analysts polled by Refinitiv expected earnings per share of $1.43 on revenue of $142.49 billion. Same-store sales — a key metric for retailers — was also softer than expected. The company said weak demand for toys, apparel and video games during the holidays weighed on its results.

4. Moody's cuts China growth outlook

Chinese police officers wearing masks stand in front of the Tiananmen Gate on January 26, 2020 in Beijing, China.
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Credit-ratings agency Moody's slashed its 2020 GDP growth outlook on China to 5.2% from 5.8% as the coronavirus continues to spread. Moody's said its new forecast reflects a "severe but short-lived economic impact, with knock-on effects for economies across the region."

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5. Bloomberg qualifies for Democratic debate after jump in poll numbers

Former New York Mayor and Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg speaks about his plan for clean energy during a campaign event at the Blackwall Hitch restaurant in Alexandria, Virginia on December 13, 2019.
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Billionaire Michael Bloomberg received 19% of support in an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, qualifying him for Wednesday's Democratic debate in Las Vegas. The former New York mayor is seen by many on Wall Street as a market-friendly candidate given his business ties. However, he still lags Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden in most polls.