Here are five things you must know for Tuesday, Dec. 15:
1. — Stock Futures Point to a Wall Street Rebound
Stock futures pointed to a rebound Tuesday after the S&P 500 fell for a fourth-straight session as surging coronavirus infections across the country renewed fears that an economic recovery could slow if lockdowns are again put in place.
The benchmark index’s four-day losing streak was its longest since September.
Contracts linked to the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 163 points, S&P 500 futures gained 21 points and Nasdaq futures were up 54 points.
Stocks closed mixed Monday amid investors’ fears of renewed lockdowns as the death toll from Covid-19 in the United States crossed 300,000.
Wall Street remains tuned to efforts by lawmakers in Washington to craft a stimulus bill but bitter partisanship has stalled negotiations.
“Again, it feels like we are stuck in the negative feedback loop,” said Stephen Innes of trading firm Axi. “Unless policymakers overdeliver on market expectations, especially at this time of year when our risk-taking proclivities give way to profit-taking, it seems virus-related economic restrictions will never cease to weigh as the market (continues) to straddle that fence between hope and reality.”
2. — Tuesday’s Calendar: The Final Fed Meeting of the Year Begins
The economic calendar Tuesday includes the start of two-day meeting of the Federal Reserve, the central bank’s last meeting of the year.
An announcement on interest rates is expected Wednesday afternoon. While the central bank is expected to hold rates steady, indications on what moves the Fed may make in the new year, including guidance on continued asset purchases, will be watched closely by Wall Street.
Fed officials likely will link the future of asset purchases to measures of employment and inflation without taking any immediate action to alter the pace of bond buying, Bloomberg reported, citing economists who it surveyed.
The calendar also includes the Empire State Manufacturing Index for December at 8:30 a.m. ET, Import and Export Prices for November at 8:30 a.m. and Industrial Production for November at 9:15 a.m.
3. — Joe Biden’s Victory Made Official by Electoral College
Joe Biden’s Electoral College win over President Donald Trump was finalized Monday after the Democrat collected the 270 votes needed to secure the presidency.
The remaining step in Biden’s election comes Jan. 6, when Congress counts the votes.
Trump and his allies are continuing to protest the result, which showed him collect only 232 electoral votes to Biden’s 306.
In a speech in Wilmington, Delaware, Biden noted his 306 Electoral College votes, the same number Trump earned in 2016.
“At the time, President Trump called his Electoral College tally a landslide,” Biden said. “By his own standards, these numbers represented a clear victory then, and I respectfully suggest they do so now.”
Biden will be sworn in on Jan. 20.
“We the people voted. The integrity of our elections remains intact. And so, now it is time to turn the page, as we’ve done throughout our history – to unite, to heal,” Biden said.
4. — FTC Orders Tech Giants to Share Data Collection Information
The Federal Trade Commission has asked tech giants such as Amazon.com (AMZN) – Get Report, Twitter (TWTR) – Get Report, Alphabet’s (GOOGL) – Get Report YouTube, Facebook (FB) – Get Report and its subsidiary WhatsApp, and ByteDance’s TikTok, to share information on their privacy and data collection practices.
Companies must file their reports to the commission within 45 days.
The move came just days after the agency and state attorneys general from 48 states filed an antitrust…