Brocker.Org: 10 things you need to know before the opening bell (SPY, SPX, QQQ, DIA, GOOG, SBUX, MSFT)

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Hooded
youths throw bottles during clashes at a demonstration to protest
the results of the first round of the presidential election in
Paris, France.

Reuters/Gonzalo
Fuentes


Here is what you need to know.

Trump’s first 100 days are coming to an end.
President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office are up on
Saturday. While Trump has yet to see any of his major agenda
items pass through Congress, he’s currently trying to repeal and
replace Obamacare, cut taxes, and redo NAFTA.


The Brexit slowdown has arrived
.
Data released by
the Office for National Statistics on Friday showed the UK’s
economy grew at a 0.3% clip in the first quarter, making for the
slowest growth since the first quarter of 2016. The drop off was
largely driven by the services sector, the economy’s largest
driver of growth.

Amazon
crushes earnings
.
The online retailer earned an
adjusted $1.48 a share, easily beating the Wall Street estimate
of $1.13. While total revenue grew 21% versus a year ago, revenue
from Amazon’s closely watched cloud computing unit, Amazon
Web Services, soared 43% year-over-year to $3.66 billion.


Alphabet beats
.
Google’s parent company earned $7.73
per share as revenue surged 22% versus a year ago to $24.75
billion. The average cost-per click sank 19% YoY, making for the
biggest drop since at least 2014.


Microsoft’s cloud business is booming
.
The company
earned $0.73 a share on revenue of $23.6 billion, and said that
revenue from its business unit that includes the fast-growing
Office 365 cloud productivity suite jumped 22%.

Starbucks
same-store sales miss
.
The coffee giant said sales
at stores open at least a year rose 3% in the first quarter,
missing the 3.6% gain that analysts were anticipating.


Cloudera is going public
.
The software company
priced its initial public offering at $15 a share, above the $12
to $14 range that was expected, but well below the $30.92 a share
that Intel paid in 2014, Reuters says, citing a source familiar
with the situation. Cloudera will trade under the ticker “CLDR.”

Stock markets around
the world trade mixed
.
China’s Shanghai Composite
(+0.1%) eked out a gain in Asia and Britain’s FTSE (-0.3%) slides
in Europe. The S&P 500 is set to open up 0.1% near 2,391.

Earnings reporting slows down a bit. Chevron,
Exxon Mobil, and General Motors are among the names reporting
ahead of the opening bell.

US economic data is heavy. The Employment Cost
Index, GDP, and core PCE will all be released at 8:30 a.m. ET
before Chicago PMI and University of Michigan consumer confidence
cross the wires at 9:45 a.m. ET and 10 a.m. ET, respectively.

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