10 things you need to know before the opening bell

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1. US tech futures rise as lower bond yields soothe investors. See what markets are doing today.

2. Berkshire Hathaway saw its shares hit a record high this week. Its “real economy” focus has made it a popular bet as the economy reopens.

3. Coinbase hit a $US90 ($117) billion valuation in the private auction market. The crypto exchange is set to go public later in March on the NASDAQ under the ticker COIN.

4. Zoom CEO Eric Yuan transferred 40% of his stock in the video-chat app. The transfers “are consistent with the Yuans’ typical estate planning practices,” a spokesperson said.

5. SPAC activity may be peaking right now, JPMorgan says. Strategists said it’s reasonable to assume that the monthly pace of SPAC transactions for the remainder of 2021 will slow down.

6. Earnings expected. MongoDB, China Telecom Corp, and Continental are highlights.

7. On the data docket. The API weekly crude oil stock movement and the 3-year note auction are due.

8. Wedbush’s equity analysts recently shared their best ideas across sectors. The firm ultimately arrived at these 16 stocks to buy, as they’re set for outperformance over the next 6 to 12 months.

9. Baillie Gifford scored a gain of $US27.6 ($36) billion by betting early on Moderna, Tesla and Alibaba. Its team breaks down the 3-part strategy it uses to discover transformational stocks that offer explosive growth.

10. Jefferies says small-cap stocks will continue to beat their larger peers. The firm shares how investors can earn explosive gains from the 4 mega-trends driving the outperformance.