5 things to know before the stock market opens Monday

Here are the most important news items that investors need to start their trading day:

1. Dow carries tear into Fed week

2. Earnings avalanche

The flurry of corporate earnings this week will provide a snapshot of how a range of sectors fared in the second quarter. With 18% of S&P 500 companies reporting as of Friday, earnings for the quarter had fallen 7.9% from prior-year period, but topped Wall Street’s expectations by 7.4%. Big tech, which has driven most of the stock market’s success this year, will dominate the week, with reports from Alphabet, Microsoft, Meta and Intel. McDonald’s, Coca-Cola and Chipotle will offer commentary on how consumers are spending their food and beverage dollars in the face of persistent inflation. General Motors, Ford and Boeing will give a glimpse into the health of the transportation sector. Here are this week’s key reports:

3. This Barbie is a box-office smash

4. Goodbye bird, hello X

Elon Musk has overhauled Twitter yet again. People who go to Twitter.com on Monday will first see not the platform’s iconic blue bird, but a capital “X.” Musk, who has slashed staff and changed how Twitter regulates content since he led a $44 billion takeover of the social media company last year, tweeted Sunday that the “X” represents “the imperfections in us all that make us unique.” The change comes as Twitter faces a threat in Meta’s Threads. The Twitter rival used Instagram’s massive user base to drive more than 100 million signups earlier this month. Meta now aims to improve the platform and lift flagging engagement for a product that Twitter quickly identified as a danger to its future.

5. Consequential labor talks

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