Here are the most important news, trends and analysis that investors need to start their trading day:
- Stock futures drop, a day after Wall Street had resumed its upswing
- Moderna vaccine for kids under 6 was up to 44% effective against omicron
- One of the black boxes found from Boeing jet crash in China
- DOT reveals infrastructure grants; CEOs set to testify on chip shortages
- GameStop soars as the company's chairman buys more shares
1. Stock futures drop, a day after Wall Street had resumed its upswing
U.S. stock futures dropped Wednesday, one day after Wall Street rebounded from Monday's Federal Reserve-driven decline, which broke multiday winning streaks for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq. The 10-year Treasury yield ticked up Wednesday, trading at nearly three-year highs around 2.38%.
- Investors are coming to grips with Fed Chairman Jerome Powell's Monday comments signaling that bigger-than-typical interest rate hikes may be necessary to fight "too high" inflation.
- Veteran investor Carl Icahn, expressing market concerns about inflation and Russia's war against Ukraine, told CNBC on Tuesday the U.S. economy could be heading into a "recession or even worse."
- President Joe Biden is set to depart Wednesday for Europe to meet this week with key allies in Brussels and Warsaw, Poland, as world leaders try to prevent Russia's Ukraine attack from spiraling into an even greater catastrophe.
2. Moderna vaccine for kids under 6 was up to 44% effective against omicron
Moderna's two-dose Covid vaccine was about 44% effective at preventing infection from the omicron variant in children 6 months to under 2 years old and about 38% effective for children 2 years to 5 years old, according to data released by the company Wednesday. None of the kids developed severe illness and the majority of breakthrough cases were mild. Moderna plans to ask the Food and Drug Administration to grant emergency use authorization for the vaccine for children under 6 years old as soon as possible.
3. One of the black boxes found from Boeing jet crash in China
One of the two black boxes from Monday's China Eastern Airlines plane crash has been found, Chinese state media said Wednesday. Officials said the black box was "heavily damaged" and it was hard to tell whether it was the one that records flight data or cockpit communications with air traffic controllers. A Boeing 737-800 jet carrying 132 people nose-dived Monday in a rural, mountainous part of the southern region of Guangxi. While China has not confirmed any fatalities, authorizes said late Tuesday that rescue workers haven't found any survivors.
4. DOT reveals infrastructure grants; CEOs set to testify on chip shortages
Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Wednesday the administration was ready to dole out $2.9 billion in grants for state and local infrastructure projects, such as highway, bridge, freight, port and public transit expansions and repairs. The money is part of the bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure bill that Biden signed into law four months ago.
The CEOs of American semiconductor giants Intel and Micron are set to testify before the Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday to make the case for $52 billion in U.S. subsidies for chip manufacturing. A persistent industrywide shortage of chips has disrupted production in the automotive and electronics industries.
5. GameStop soars as the company's chairman buys more shares
GameStop's stock, which surged nearly 31% on Tuesday, jumped another 12.5% in premarket trading Wednesday after the video game retailer's chairman, Ryan Cohen, bought another 100,000 shares. The purchase bring his ownership to 11.9% as the activist investor, who also co-founded online pet retailer Chewy, tries to move GameStop into e-commerce. Two weeks ago, Cohen revealed a big stake in Bed Bath & Beyond and pushed for a turnaround there. Both Bed Bath & Beyond and GameStop have seen sharp gains and losses in the meme stock craze over the past 15 months or so.