10 Things You Need To Know Before The Opening Bell

Scarlett Johansson

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know.

  • Asian markets were mixed in overnight trading with the Bombay Stock Exchange down 1.15 per cent to a seven-month low. The BSE surged almost 128 points, before tumbling 211 points. Europe is rallying and U.S. futures are modestly higher.
  • Ron Johnson was ousted as JC Penney CEO. Shares of the company initially surged 11 per cent after hours, but soon tumbled nearly 8 per cent. Mike Ullman, the former CEO of the company will act as interim CEO. How Ron Johnson made JC Penney even worse >
  • Chinese consumer prices climbed 2.1 per cent year-over-year in March, below expectations for a 2.5 per cent rise. Meanwhile, producer prices were up 1.9 per cent, in line with expectations. Pork prices are falling in the world’s largest pork market >
  • Alcoa reported Q1 adjusted earnings of $0.11 per share, beating expectations of $0.08 per share. Revenue of $5.83 billion missed expectations of $5.88 billion.
  • German exports fell a seasonally adjusted 1.5 per cent month-over-month in February. This was more than expectations for a 0.3 per cent decline. Imports fell 3.8 per cent, and the trade surplus widened to €16.8 billion.
  • North Korea has warned that the Korean peninsula is heading for a “thermonuclear war” and has asked foreigners in South Korea to consider evacuating. North Korea’s Asia-Pacific Peace Committee issued the warning and blamed the “warmongering U.S.” and its “puppets” in South Korea that it says want to invade the North, according to the AFP.
  • 17 companies led by Microsoft have filed an antitrust complaint against Google in Europe. The companies argue that Google is using unfair practices to keep a stronghold on internet usage on smartphones.
  • UK manufacturing climbed 0.8 per cent in month-over-month in February. This compared with a 1.9 per cent decline in January, and beat expectations for a 0.4 per cent rise.
  • Wholesale trade data for February is out at 10 a.m. ET. Consensus is for wholesale inventories to rise 0.5 per cent month-over-month. Follow the release at Business Insider >
  • French media conglomerate Lagardere has sold a 7.4 per cent stake in European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company N.V. (EADS). The company repurchased 1.6 per cent of its shares and the sale raised Lagardere €2.3 billion in all.
  • Bonus – In an interview with Marie Claire, Scarlett Johansson said she doesn’t like “controlling behaviour” and when a person is “passive-aggressively jealous.”

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