Stocks close lower, Dow sheds more than 250 points to snap six-day win streak

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Stocks traded lower Monday, pausing a January rally as investors braced for the busiest week of earnings season and a possible interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 260.99 points, or 0.77%, to 33,717.09. The S&P 500 fell 1.3% to 4,017.77. The Nasdaq Composite dropped by 1.96% to 11,393.81.


Information technology and communication services were among the biggest laggards in the S&P 500. Mega-cap tech stocks such as Meta Platforms and Alphabet were about 3% and 2.5% lower, respectively. Semiconductor stock Advanced Micro Devices fell 3.9%.

Elsewhere, Ford shares declined nearly 2.9% after the automaker said it's cutting prices and ramping up production on its electric Mustang Mach-E crossover, following a similar announcement from Tesla.

Still, the S&P 500 is headed for its best January since 2019 when it gained nearly 8%. The broader market index is up 4.6% for 2023 following a 19% loss last year.

However, there are several tests this week for the 2023 rally. About 20% of the S&P 500 will report earnings this week, including McDonald's and General Motors on Tuesday. Tech giants Apple, Meta Platforms, Amazon and Alphabet report later in the week.

The Federal Open Market Committee meets on Tuesday and Wednesday, when the Fed is expected to hike rates by one-quarter of a percentage point. Investors will be looking for clues about how much higher the central bank will take rates in the fight against inflation. Traders have pushed stocks higher this year in part because of softer inflation reports, which they suspect could cause the Fed to soon pause its hiking campaign.

"You're seeing this push and pull in stock prices between whether the Fed will keep interest rates where they are throughout the year, or whether they'll pivot to cutting interest rates. That's what you're seeing in terms of maybe a little bit more of the intermediate term rise in stock prices," said Tom Hainlin, senior investment strategist at U.S. Bank.

"We would fade that rally because our perspective is the Fed is going to keep interest rates high for some time," Hainlin added. 

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Stocks close lower Monday, Dow falls more than 250 points

Stocks closed lower Monday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average snapping a six-day win streak.

The Dow declined 260.99 points, or 0.77%, to 33,717.09. The S&P 500 fell 1.3% to 4,017.77. The Nasdaq Composite dropped by 1.96% to 11,393.81.

— Sarah Min

JPMorgan bullish on Array Technologies, SolarEdge

Solar is positioned for another year of relative outperformance compared to other energy sources this year, according to JPMorgan. Among its top picks are Array Technologies and SolarEdge Technologies, analyst Mark Strouse wrote in a note Monday.

Falling input prices improve the sector's economic value and disruptions from geopolitical tensions will ease, he said. In addition, policy tailwinds will create catalysts for manufacturing expansion and order activity, he added.

Array Technologies should partially benefit from the Inflation Reduction Act's domestic manufacturing incentives, Strouse said.

"ARRY is still a 'show me' story for most investors whom we speak with, which we believe sets up for the multiple to continue to rebound as margins recover," he added.

Meanwhile, SolarEdge should outperform this year as demand remains solid and the company recovers from macro issues. Strouse also believes a potential announcement about new U.S.-based manufacturing to capture IRA incentives could serve as a catalyst this year.

— Michelle Fox

Bed Bath & Beyond stock surges after company closes more stores

Shares of Bed Bath & Beyond advanced more than 10% on Monday after the struggling retailer announced it will close dozens of additional stores.

The company, which is expected to file for bankruptcy after defaulting on its loans, is closing 87 more Bed Bath & Beyond stores, its entire chain of Harmon drugstores, and five buybuy Baby locations. Its stock price has plunged more than 82% last year.

Bed Bath & Beyond said in an earlier securities filing it was considering restructuring its debt in bankruptcy court, as well as attempting to improve its finances by cutting costs, lowering capital expenditures and reducing stores and distribution centers.

— Pia Singh

AMC shares fall below $5 after theater chain schedules shareholder meeting

Common shares of AMC Entertainment fell nearly 10% on Monday to trade below $5 per share after the theater chain announced a shareholder meeting in March for a potential change to its capital structure.

The special meeting would allow shareholders to vote on increasing the total number of shares the company can issue and on a reverse stock split to convert its preferred shares to common shares.

When the company issued the preferred shares, or "APE" shares, last August, it was seen as a way for the company raise more cash without first getting approval to raise the limit for outstanding common shares. Many analysts and investors expected AMC to convert the preferred shares to common shares quickly.

The preferred shares jumped 13% on Monday but still trade at less than half of the value of the common stock.

— Jesse Pound

Credit Suisse downgrades LTL companies, says trucking rates could bottom in coming months

Credit Suisse had estimated 2023 to be the worst year for earnings growth in more than a decade for many transportation carriers. The firm just downgraded LTL carriers Saia and Old Dominion Freight Line, however, believing their gains in recent weeks might be a signal that earnings estimates were too low for the carriers.

"Recent gains in trucking stocks seem to support the view in our 2023 Outlook that trucking rates, which have been under pressure since January 2022, could bottom in the coming months as excess retail inventories get cleared and as truck capacity gets rationalized," the firm wrote in a note to clients on Monday.

Credit Suisse downgraded Saia from outperform to neutral, saying it sees limited upside given its stock price increase of more than 28% this month. It gave Saia a $288 price target, suggesting its stock price needs to climb about 5.6% from Friday's close.

The firm also downgraded Old Dominion Freight Line from neutral to underperform, saying the company is trading above its highest pre-Covid valuation, placing a "ceiling on further near-term upside." The company's recent gains have lifted its stock price above the firm's $323 price target. Shares of the transport company are up 14.5% this month.

Credit Suisse analysts noted that both transport companies are likely to give up their recent gains if 2023 sees an economic downside. In the opposite case, the firm said that carriers trading at lower valuations, like ArcBest Corp and XPO, could see greater upside this year.

— Pia Singh

Some stocks that have seen big rallies in 2023 could fall next month, BTIG says

The stocks that have leapt to begin 2023 are facing the most downside risk heading into February, according to BTIG. 

"The biggest downside risk we see in the near term are some of the names that have seen big squeezes, especially as we head into February," BTIG's Jonathan Krinsky wrote in a Monday note.

"There are over 70 names in the Russell 3k that are up 50% or more YTD, and many of these remain very damaged charts. Mean reversion to start the year isn't uncommon, but we think many of these names resume their downtrends as February gets underway," Krinsky added.

The strategist used the Ark Innovation ETF as an example, saying the fund known for speculative names is 37% off its lows after tumbling 67% in 2022. Still, Krinksy said the fund's gains may not last for much longer.

"The rally off the June lows was 51%, so it wouldn't be out of the question to even test the 200 DMA (41.07) this week, but we think the bulk of the countertrend rally is likely behind us," Krinsky wrote.

— Sarah Min

Time to sell Tesla, say technician Carter Worth

Tesla's stock has been on a "wild ride" and it's time to sell, according to Carter Worth, CEO and Founder of Carter Braxton Worth Charting.

Shares of the electric-vehicle maker have surged 38% since the start of the year, following last year's 65% plunge. Last week, Tesla reported record revenue and an earnings beat. CEO Elon Musk also said the company was on target to potentially produce 2 million vehicles this year.

"It just feels a little bit crowded, steep; too far, too fast," Worth said on CNBC's "The Exchange." The name is also the most active in the options market, he pointed out.

"It is a rally to a difficult level," he added. ""The play here, if you are long, is to exit and with new money, I would be short."

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Tesla's year-to-date rally

— Michelle Fox

Shopify gets an upgrade to buy from Roth Capital Partners

Now is the time to snap up shares of Shopify, according to Roth Capital Partners. The firm upgraded shares to buy from neutral and named a $56 price target in a Monday note, implying shares could surge nearly 12% from Friday's close.

"First, we believe entering 2023, that the last of tough Covid comps are behind the Company," analyst Darren Aftahi wrote in the note. He added that while Shopify has tripled its revenue in the last three years, it could still grow nearly 20% in 2023 due to new pricing tiers it recently announced.

Those new tiers also could add a two-fold benefit, according to Aftahi.

"Average new monthly prices appear to be approximately 33% higher, annual plans are about on par with legacy pricing," he said. "While we expect to see some revenue growth benefit from this new pricing tier structure later in '23, we think the more pronounced benefit will be a bigger portion of SHOP's merchants moving to an annual membership, which should improve revenue visibility, as well as potentially reduce merchant churn."

"As a result, we believe the stock should trade with a premium multiple to growth peers," he added.

Shares of Shopify dipped more than 3% Monday reflecting a conflicting note from UBS reiterating a sell rating on the stock.

—Carmen Reinicke

Don’t count on this early 2023 rally, says JPMorgan’s Kolanovic

Investors should fade the early 2023 rally, warned JPMorgan's top market strategist Marko Kolanovic.

The first quarter will likely mark a turning point for the market – and its upward trajectory probably won't continue, he said.

"The fundamental confirmation for the next leg higher might not come," Kolanovic said in a Monday note to investors. "And instead markets could encounter an air-pocket of weaker earnings and activity as they move through Q2 and Q3."

He anticipates that the backdrop for corporate profits will start to turn lower as pricing power reverses.

The strategist's comments arrive as stocks take a breather from their latest run. Still, the S&P 500 is up more than 5% for the year, while the Nasdaq Composite has bounced more than 9%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up about 2.3% in 2023.

Kolanovic also foresees a "postponement rather than fading of recession risk." Though U.S. gross domestic product rose at an annualized pace of 2.9% in the fourth quarter, there is weakness underlying that headline number, "as private demand printed its weakest growth since the start of the recovery," the strategist said.

"A weak trajectory for US domestic demand keeps recession risk elevated, even as the tightness in labor markets postpones this recession risk," Kolanovic wrote. "Meanwhile, restrictive real policy rates represent an ongoing headwind, keeping the risk of a recession later in the year high."

-Darla Mercado

Wolfe Research: The "melt up" continues

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's posture towards battling inflation—scheduled for Wednesday afternoon—will be critical, says Wolfe Research. 

Barring any major surprises, Chief Investment Strategist Chris Senyek expects Powell's tone to be more hawkish than expected as he attempts to rein in the "vicious rally" across the market. 

"We attribute the latest leg of this 'melt up' to growing expectations for the U.S. economy to glide down for a 'soft landing' while the Fed embarks on a prolonged cutting cycle at the same time," Senyek wrote in an client note. 

However, concerns of a resurgence in inflation, as seen in the 1970's during Paul Volcker's term as Fed Chairman, is one of the central bank's biggest worries. 

Senyek said that he sees "two potential paths ahead: (1) there's a "soft landing", but the Fed hikes to 5%+ and stays there at least into 2024, or (2) the Fed does end up cutting this year, but it's because the U.S. is hurtling toward a deep recession. Either way, big disappointments are likely!"

The analyst notes that the recent market gains have been consistent with anticipation that the Fed will soon start to reverse course and cut back on interest rates. The Consumer Price Index, which tracks overall inflation across a basket of household goods, fell to 4.4% in December. Since this is still more than double the Fed's target inflation rate, Wolfe does not expect the Fed to relax its rate hikes so quickly. 

Investors therefore should be more wary about the strength of the current bear market rally, according to Senyek.

"Bullish investors should be aware that the growth outlook typically takes over and drives multiples down heading into recessions. This clearly hasn't happened yet!" he wrote. "Current valuations look very precarious to us!"

— Hakyung Kim

Dow falls to session lows during afternoon trading

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell to session lows during afternoon trading after vacillating between gains and losses earlier in the day.

The major index dropped about 187 points, or nearly 0.6%, to 33,790.87 at around 2:25 p.m. ET. It was previously up as much as 77 points, or 0.2%.

— Sarah Min

Investors focused on American Express outlook over quarterly expectation misses, Bank of America says

American Express has jumped about 13% since Thursday's close, driven by a rally on the back of its Friday earnings report. That's because investors found reasons to be optimistic in its forward guidance despite missing expectations for the fourth quarter, according to Bank of America.

American Express' fourth-quarter earnings per-share and revenue both came in under the consensus estimate of analysts polled by Refinitiv. Yet Bank of America analyst Mihir Bhatia said in a note to clients that the company's guidance for how it will perform going forward "proves the doubters wrong," exceeding firm estimates on both the top and bottom line.

Bhatia reiterated his buy rating on the stock coming out of the earnings report.

"We continue to view AXP as best positioned to deal with macro volatility among the card issuers," he said in a note to clients Monday. "While expenses and margins sometimes disappoint some investors, management has proven that investments are driving card member acquisition and retention, keeping the top line robust."

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— Alex Harring

Macy's is best-positioned among retail stocks, Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs is optimistic about Macy's as 2023 kicks off despite what is expected to be a tough year in retail.

Analyst Brooke Roach initiated coverage of the stock as a buy. Her $28 price target implies an upside of 21.3% over where the stock closed Friday.

"We believe M is best-positioned to navigate an uncertain but softer landing economic environment," Roach said in a note Monday to clients.

On the other hand, she's less bullish about Nordstrom and Kohl's.

CNBC Pro subscribers can read more about her call here.

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— Alex Harring

Credit Suisse is bullish on Apple stock, says shares may rise 26%

Credit Suisse is bullish on Apple shares as the tech company prepares to announce its earnings report this week. 

The bank reiterated Apple's stock as outperform and maintained its price target of $184, which implies upside of 26% from where shares closed on Friday. Credit Suisse also held steady on its revenue estimate of $121.6 billion for Apple's fiscal first quarter and per-share earnings of $1.92.

"We see potential upside to our estimates which are below the Street," analyst Shannon Cross said in a note to clients on Monday. 

However, Cross also cited potential challenges to the iPhone's revenue in this past quarter due to production difficulties at a manufacturing site in China. 

Revenue for Macs is also estimated to having declined $3.1 billion, or 27% on a quarterly basis due to backlog fulfilled during the fiscal fourth quarter. Currency headwinds and the timing of inventory wind down prior to the M2 MacBook Pro's January launch are believed to have contributed to the drop in revenue. 

While shares have rallied more than 10% since the beginning of 2023, the stock is down 15% in the past 12 months.

CNBC Pro subscribers can read the full story here.

— Hakyung Kim

Stocks down in early afternoon trading

Major U.S. indexes were down in early afternoon trading, as investors brace for earnings from dozens of major companies this week as well as a potential interest rate hike from the Fed on Wednesday.

  • The S&P 500 was recently down 0.9%.
  • The Dow industrials shed 0.3%.
  • The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite was down 1.4%.
  • The yield on the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury note recently rose to 3.551%.

— Pia Singh

Stocks making the biggest moves in midday trading

These stocks are among those making the biggest moves in midday trading:

  • Colgate-Palmolive — Shares gained 2.4% after Morgan Stanley upgraded the stock to overweight from equal weight and named it the top pick in the household and personal care industry. The firm said the stock was at a good price point after a recent selloff.
  • GE HealthCare Technologies — The stock rose 3.9% after the company reported its first earnings after being spun off as a public company from General Electric. GE Healthcare's revenue came in at $4.9 billion, an 8% year-over-year increase, and its fourth-quarter adjusted EPS was $1.31.
  • Ford Motor Company — Shares fell nearly 1.8% after the company announced price cuts for its electric Mustang Mach-E crossover. The move in Ford comes after Tesla said earlier this month it would trim prices to counteract dwindling demand.
  • Carvana — Shares surged more than 27% as an apparent short squeeze boosted the beleaguered stock. It was also briefly paused in early morning trading due to the rapid runup.

Click here to see more stocks making midday moves today.

— Pia Singh

Johnson & Johnson shares decline

Johnson & Johnson shares declined more than 2% after a U.S. court on Monday blocked the health care conglomerate's strategy to use bankruptcy to resolve a multibillion-dollar litigation over claims its talc products can cause cancer.

Johnson & Johnson said it would challenge the decision.

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— Sarah Min

Ark Innovation ETF on pace for best month since inception

After a brutal 2022, the Cathie Wood's Ark Innovation ETF is on pace for its best month since its 2014 inception.

As of 12:30 p.m. EST the fund traded up nearly 25.9% for the month. It fells about 3% during Monday's as investors sold some riskier assets. The monthly surge in shares puts the stock ahead of April 2020, when shares rose 25.75%.

Ark's gains stem from soaring Tesla shares, up more than 40% and on pace for their best month since October 2021. Shopify and Roku shares have added to Ark's rally, up more than 34% month to date.

Coinbase shares are also helping boost Ark. The stock's on pace for its best month ever since the going public in 2021, and up 66%.

The ETF plummeted 67% amid the tech sector's 2022 shakeout.

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— Samantha Subin

Jefferies ups Meta Platforms price target as investor sentiment improves

Jefferies is getting more positive on Meta Platforms ahead of its fourth-quarter earnings report Wednesday, viewing revenue reductions as "limited" as investors get more optimistic on the stock.

Shares have already surged nearly 23% this year after cratering more than 64% in 2022. Analyst Brent Thill expects more stock growth ahead, upping his price target on shares to $175 from $155, which implies 15% upside from Friday's close.

"We believe the risk-reward for the stock is attractive given our expectation of positive EPS estimate revisions over the next few quarters," he wrote in a note to clients Sunday. "Our checks indicate that, although overall ad budgets will likely be pressured, META's ROI has improved and that they are starting to receive some ad incremental budgets."

Improving engagement trends and investments in the company's Reels product, combined with a better-than-expected return on investment for advertisers, should drive upside. Thill also views easing foreign exchange headwinds as another potential catalyst for shares.

Going forward, Thill expects Meta Platforms to lower operating expense and capital expenditure guidance, which should provide upside to earnings per share.

"Our analysis indicates that if 2023 total expenses are ~$4B below our base case there is ~20% EPS upside," he wrote.

In Jefferies' bull case, shares could rally about 65% to $250 a share and yield EPS of $10 in 2023.

— Samantha Subin

Morgan Stanley names Colgate-Palmolive top household and personal care stock

Morgan Stanley upgraded shares of Colgate-Palmolive and named the stock its top pick within household and personal care companies. The stock advanced 2.6%.

Analyst Dara Mohsenian upgraded the stock to overweight from equal weight, noting that the stock is attractive following a recent selloff on the back of earnings. Her price target of $82 implies 14.5% upside from Friday's close.

CNBC Pro subscribers can click here to read about her thoughts about the company's shares and its most recent earnings report.

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— Alex Harring

All eyes are on tech companies this week as investors await earnings data

Tech giants are slated to report earnings this week, as investors parse through mixed signals around companies' recent layoffs, increasingly prudent spending, and an uncertain macroeconomic environment.

Spotify and Snap are set to report fourth-quarter earnings Tuesday, and Meta is set to report earnings Wednesday. Google parent Alphabet, Amazon, and Apple will report on Thursday. 

According to a Sunday note from Wedbush Securities Managing Director Dan Ives, this week's key narratives will revolve around: tech layoffs accelerating to curb expenses; digital advertising remaining under pressure with signs of stabilization from Meta and Google; conservative 2023 expectations; and relatively stable growth in cloud and cybersecurity spending with "pockets of demand weakness."

Ives expects Apple to avoid layoffs and weather the storm better than its peers, noting that roughly 20% of its installed base has not upgraded their iPhone in about 4 years. Apple and Amazon were the biggest losers of market value in 2022, with both companies shedding more than $800 billion in value.

"The most important earnings for the market will be Apple's, which will give a glimpse into the overall demand story for consumers globally while giving a snapshot of the China supply chain issues starting to slowly abate," Ives wrote in the note to clients.

More than 100 companies in the S&P 500 are reporting earnings in the week ahead.

— Pia Singh

The S&P 500 is headed for its best January since 2019

The S&P 500 is set for its best January since 2019 when it gained nearly 8%.

The broader market index is off to a strong start in 2023 following a series of softer inflation reports, including both consumer and wholesale data that showed prices fall on a monthly basis in December. The latest personal consumption expenditures data also showed an easing last month.

Meanwhile, a reopening in China also supported risk-on sentiment in markets. Investors bought the dip in tech in January, with communication services the biggest advancer in the S&P 500 this month. The sector is up more than 13% through Monday morning.

— Sarah Min

Communication services, information technology are biggest laggards in S&P 500

The S&P 500 was trading nearly 0.9% lower Monday morning, with communications services and information technology falling the most in the broader market index.

Communication services was down about 1.9%. Information technology was about 1.8% lower.

Mega-cap tech stocks dragged on communication services. Shares of Meta Platforms and Alphabet were down nearly 3% each.

Shares of semiconductor company Advanced Micro Devices was off by more than 3%.

— Sarah Min

Carvana shares paused for volatility amid nearly 30% jump

Shares of used car company Carvana were briefly halted Monday morning amid a 28% surge in the stock price. The stock was paused from about 9:45 a.m. ET until 9:50 a.m. ET according to Nasdaq Trader.

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The surge could be due to a short squeeze, or when traders betting against the company are forced to sell to cover their losses, sending shares higher. Nearly 60% of the float, or outstanding shares of the company, are currently sold short, according to the latest figures from FactSet.

The company has been struggling, and the stock has shed nearly 100% since the all-time high it hit in 2021.

—Carmen Reinicke

Ford shares dip amid price cut news

Shares of Ford dipped more than 1% during early morning trading after the automaker said it's cutting prices but ramping up production for its electric Mustang Mach-E crossover.

It comes in response to Tesla's announcement earlier this month that it will cut prices on vehicles in the U.S. and Europe.

Ford said it will lower prices by $4,500 on average based on the model.

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— Samantha Subin, Michael Wayland

The first half of 2023 could turn out to be a period of 'easy gains,' HSBC says

Goldilocks will continue for now, according to HSBC.

The investment bank expects "better-than-consensus" growth in the first half of 2023, implying recession concerns would be pushed out to the latter half of the year, according to a Monday note.

"So rather than being the dismal start, H1 could in fact turn out to be a period of 'easy gains,'" wrote Max Kettner, chief multi-asset strategist at HSBC Bank.

The strategist cited expectations for falling inflation, as well as a possible temporary recovery in consumer sentiment for his view.

"For H1 this all creates the perfect backdrop for a temporary goldilocks period – something our machine learning models agree with," Kettner wrote.

— Sarah Min

Stocks open lower

Stocks opened lower on Monday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 83 points, or about 0.3%. S&P 500 fell 0.6%, and the Nasdaq Composite dropped by 1%.

— Sarah Min

Berenberg upgrades Tesla following price cuts

Berenberg upgraded Tesla to buy from hold, noting it was worth buying after the electric vehicle maker cut prices and saw shares tumble in recent months.

Analyst Adrian Yanoshik upgraded the stock to buy from hold. Yanoshik lowered his price target by $55 to $200, which still implies a 12.4% upside from where the stock closed Friday.

"We believe that Tesla's price cuts reflect its cost leadership strategy," Yanoshik said in a note to clients Friday.

CNBC Pro subscribers can read the full story here.

— Alex Harring

Natural gas contracts on Monday continue their downward spiral

March natural gas contracts tumbled as low as $2.612 per thousand cubic feet early Monday — the lowest since April 2021 when natgas touched $2.583.

Month-to-date natgas has collapsed nearly 40% and is on pace for its worst month and worst start to the year since January 2001, when natgas slid almost 42%.

United States Natural Gas Fund (UNG) is off 6.6% in premarket trading Monday, while EQT Corp. (EQT) is down 1.1%, Black Stone Minerals (BSM) is lower by 0.2% and Woodside Energy (WDS) dropped 0.3%.

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— Scott Schnipper, Gina Francolla

Stocks making moves in the premarket

Here are some of the names making moves in premarket trading:

  • Boot Barn — The retailer shed 2.5% in premarket trading after being downgraded by Baird to neutral from outperform. The Wall Street firm cited concerns over macroeconomic risks for the sector.
  • Retail stocks — Macy's rose 0.48% in early trading after Goldman Sachs said it is best-positioned in retail with solid upside. Kohl's slipped 2.8% after the firm rated it a sell.
  • Intel — The chipmaker shed 1.5% in the premarket, after its fourth-quarter financial results missed Wall Street's expectations on Friday. Intel, which lost 9% on Friday, also forecast a loss for the current quarter.

Click here for more premarket movers.

— Michelle Fox

Traders expect small Fed hike this week

Traders are overwhelmingly confident that the Federal Reserve will hike its benchmark interest rate by one-quarter of a percentage point on Wednesday.

According the CME FedWatch tool, there is a 99.9% probability of that relatively small hike this week.

If that proves true, the Fed's new target range will be between 4.50% and 4.75%.

— Jesse Pound

S&P 500 lows are not in, could fall to 3,000, BofA's Subramanian says

The S&P 500 has not yet hit its bear market low and could swing down as far as 3,000, Bank of America's Savita Subramanian said, while adding that it is not her base case for the market's performance this year.

The biggest catalyst is how the Federal Reserve continues to fight inflation, she said.

"Let's say the Fed hasn't controlled inflation, they're going to tighten much more aggressively than what the market is pricing in," she said on CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Monday.

She added that markets are pricing in inflation of about 3%.

"We're nowhere near that," she said. "So that's the swing factor that could make things worse rather than better."

—Carmen Reinicke

Renault slashes Nissan stake as the automakers overhaul their decades-long alliance

Automobile giants Renault and Nissan on Monday agreed to restructure their decades-long alliance, in a move that would see Renault's shareholdings in Nissan reduced from around 43% to 15%.

The deal, which still pends board approvals, would equalize the companies' cross-shareholdings, with the carmakers now able to "freely exercise the voting rights attached to their 15% direct shareholdings, with a 15% cap," the companies said.

Read the full story here.

- Elliot Smith

Stock futures opened little changed

U.S. equity futures had a quiet open on Sunday night. The futures for the three major averages all showed losses of about 0.1%.

— Jesse Pound

Dow riding six-day winning streak as January comes to a close

Last week's market rally put the three major averages comfortably higher for the month of January. Here's where things stand after Friday's results:

S&P 500:

  • Gained 2.47% for the week
  • Up 6.2% for the month

Nasdaq Composite:

  • Gained 4.32% for the week
  • Up 11.04% for the month

Dow Jones Industrial Average:

  • Gained 1.81% for the week
  • Up 2.5% for the month
  • Six-day winning streak

— Jesse Pound, Christopher Hayes