1. Earnings bonanza: Welcome to the thick of earnings season.
Brent crude, the global benchmark, rose 2.3% on Monday to $63.91 per barrel. US oil prices are up 2.1%.The gains follow news on Friday that Iran seized a British tanker in the Strait of Hormuz.
Britain has warned that it will take “robust” action if Iran does not release the ship, and the government’s emergency response committee is meeting Monday.
The episode comes after Britain detained an Iranian tanker in waters off Gibraltar.
The United States and Iran are also engaged in a tense standoff. The United States last week claimed to have downed an Iranian drone, almost exactly one month after Iran shot down a US drone.
2. Intel (INTC) and Apple (AAPL): Shares of Intel (INTC) are up more than 1% in premarket trading following reports that Apple (AAPL) is in talks to buy its smartphone-modem chip business.
Trading on the new tech board of the Shanghai stock exchange, known as the Star Market, began on Monday, less than a year after the initiative was unveiled by President Xi Jinping.
A frenzy of buying by investors sent share prices soaring. The 25 stocks listed on Star gained 160% on average by midday in China.
Shares in Anji Microelectronics Technology, which makes materials for semiconductors, rocketed as much as 520% before trimming those gains.
Beijing hopes Star will help China’s tech companies tap into vast wealth held by local investors, and entice global leaders such as Alibaba (BABA) and Tencent (TCEHY) to return from stock markets in New York and Hong Kong.
3. UK prime minister: The United Kingdom will anoint its next prime minister on Tuesday, and the stakes couldn’t be higher.
The deal, announced Friday, is worth 16 billion Australian dollars (about $11.3 billion). But investors are concerned about the debt Asahi will assume as a result.
AB InBev, whose massive debt load hit $102.5 billion in 2018, announced the sale of its Australia business after pulling a listing of its Asia business on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
The company said it gutted the IPO, which could have raised as much as $9.8 billion, amid concerns about broader “market conditions.”
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5. Coming this week:
Tuesday — Europe consumer confidence; US existing home sales; Coca-Cola
(HOG), Kimberly-Clark, Lockheed Martin
Wednesday — German manufacturing data; US new home sales; US crude inventories; Deutsche Bank (DB), AT&T (T), Boeing (BA), Caterpillar (CAT), UPS (UPS), Facebook (FB), Ford (F), PayPal (PYPL), Tesla (TSLA) earnings
Thursday — ECB rate decision; US durable goods; 3M (MMM), American Airlines (AAL), Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD), Comcast (CCZ), Hershey (HSY), Nokia (NOK), Amazon (AMZN), Alphabet (GOOG), Intel (INTC), Mattel (MAT), Starbucks (SBUX) earnings
Friday — US Q2 GDP; McDonald’s (MCD) and Twitter (TWTR) earnings