10 things you need to know before the opening bell

Here is what you need to know.

Chinese President Xi Jinping moved to ease concerns about global trade. Speaking at the Boao Forum, Xi said China would protect intellectual-property rights of foreign firms, helping to address one of the key concerns the Trump administration pointed to at the start of the latest trade spat.

Stocks are soaring. The Dow Jones industrial average is set to open higher by 291 points, or 1.21%. Tuesday’s advance follows a strong overnight session that saw Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (+1.65%) and Germany’s DAX (+1.15%) lead the gains.

The market’s most outspoken bear sees recent turbulence fuelling his forecast of a 60% stock drop – and says it’s too late to get out. John Hussman, the outspoken investor and former professor who has been predicting a stock market crash, says he’s still dead set on sweeping equity declines totaling more than 60% – a plunge he says will erase the excess total return of the S&P 500 index dating all the way back to October 1997.

Zuckerberg goes to Congress. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to testify before congressional committees about the Cambridge Analytica data scandal beginning Tuesday.

Tesla slides below a key level. Shares of the electric-car maker fell 3.23% Monday to $US289.63 apiece, closing below the key $US300 level.

Pivotal prices its IPO. Dell Technology’s cloud-computing business Pivotal Software priced its initial public offering at $US14 to $US16 a share. It will trade under the ticker PVTL.

Bayer’s takeover of Monsanto gets DOJ approval. The Department of Justice gave the all clear for Bayer’s takeover of Monsanto, sending shares of the seed maker up more than 6% on Monday.

UBS suspends access to research data for some external providers. In response to the European Union’s Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II, UBS has suspended research data feeds to Bloomberg and other third-party platforms that are unable to ensure the data is seen only by the Swiss bank’s clients, Reuters reports, citing a company memo.

Argentina’s herd will be hit hard by drought.Argentina’s herd is expected to shrink by up to 1 million cattle next year as the country navigates through its worst drought in decades, Reuters says.

US economic data trickles out. PPI will cross the wires at 8:30 a.m. ET. The US 10-year yield is up 2 basis points at 2.80%.

Business Insider Emails & Alerts

Site highlights each day to your inbox.

Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.