10 things you need to know before the opening bell

Here is what you need to know.

The Dow’s losing streak continues. The Dow Jones industrial average fell for an eighth straight day on Monday, something it hadn’t done since the European debt crisis in August 2011. Since 1990, the Dow has only had a losing streak of this magnitude on two other occassions, September 2001 and October 2008.

Scotland is voting on another referendum. Members of Scottish Parliament will vote Tuesday on whether or not to hold a second referendum on independence from the United Kingdom. The vote will come just hours before UK Prime Minister Theresa May is set to trigger Article 50 — the mechanism that begins the two-year process of the UK’s exit from the European Union.

South Africa’s finance minister could be out. South African President Jacob Zuma reportedly told political allies that he plans to fire finance minister Pravin Gordhan, Bloomberg says. The South African rand is down 0.9% at 12.8591 per dollar.

Amazon buys a Middle East online retailer. Amazon has agreed to buy Souq.com, the largest online platform in the Arab world, Reuters says, citing CNBC. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

American Airlines is taking a stake in China Southern Airlines. An American Airlines subsidy is buying HK$1.55 billion ($US199.6 million) worth of shares in China’s largest airline, Reuters says, citing a China Southern statement.

The second big tech IPO of the year prices. Okta, the cloud service that helps companies manage their employees’ passwords, priced its initial public offering between $US13 and $US15 a share on Monday. An IPO at that price would give Okta around a $US2 billion valuation.

Credit Suisse is thinking about raising cash. CEO Tidjane Thiam said a decision will be made “as soon as possible,” according to Reuters. The bank reported a net loss of 2.71 billion Swiss francs ($US2.75 billion) for its last fiscal year.

Stock markets around the world are up. Japan’s Nikkei (+1.1%) led in Asia and Germany’s DAX (+0.7%) is out front in Europe. The S&P 500 is set to open higher by 0.2% near 2,345.

Earnings reporting remains light. Carnival reports ahead of the opening bell while Dave & Busters and RH release their quarterly results after markets close.

US economic data trickles out. Consumer confidence will be released at 10 a.m. ET. The US 10-year yield is unchanged at 2.38%.

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