By Joseph Woelfel, The Street–
Here are five things you must know for Monday, Oct. 26:
1. — Stock Futures Slump Amid Virus Surge, Doubts on Aid Package
Stock futures on Monday were kicking off a week heavy with earnings from U.S. tech giants on the downside as coronavirus infections surged, stimulus negotiations remained at a stalemate and investors prepared for the presidential election just more than a week away.
Contracts linked to the Dow Jones Industrial Average slumped 247 points, S&P 500 futures dropped 30 points and Nasdaq futures fell 91 points.
Stocks closed mostly higher Friday but the S&P 500 fell 0.5% for the week, its first weekly loss in four, after negotiations between the White House and House Democrats on more economic aid for the struggling U.S. economy didn’t make much headway.
The Dow declined 1% for the week and the Nasdaq fell 1.1%.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday the House could pass a relief package this week but “that’s up to (Senate Majority Leader) Mitch (McConnell) as to whether it would happen in the Senate and go to the president’s desk, which is our hope and prayer.”
Pelosi said she sent the White House a list of remaining concerns she had on Friday and hopes to have answers on Monday.
Meanwhile, coronavirus infections in the U.S. hit a single-day record of 85,000 on Saturday. Deaths in the U.S. have passed 225,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.
2. — Twilio, NXP Semiconductors and Hasbro Report Earnings Monday
Earnings reports are expected Monday from NXP Semiconductors , Twilio and Hasbro and F5 Networks .
Reports are expected later in the week from Apple , Amazon.com , Microsoft , Alphabet , Facebook , Caterpillar , Pfizer , Merck , Advanced Micro Devices , General Electric , Mastercard , Boeing , Ford , Amgen , Visa , Shopify , Twitter , Kraft Heinz , Starbucks , Exxon Mobil and Chevron .
The economic calendar in the U.S. Monday includes the Chicago Fed National Activity Index for September at 8:30 a.m. ET and New Home Sales for September at 10 a.m.
Data on third-quarter Gross Domestic Product, New Home Sales, Durable Goods Orders and Consumer Sentiment will be released later in the week.
3. — Dunkin’ Confirms in Talks to Go Private
Dunkin’ Brands confirmed Sunday it was in talks to be acquired by Inspire Brands, which is owned by private-equity firm Roark Capital.
“Dunkin’ Brands confirms that it has held preliminary discussions to be acquired by Inspire Brands. There is no certainty that any agreement will be reached. Neither group will comment further unless and until a transaction is agreed,” company spokeswoman, Karen Raskopf, said in a statement released to TheStreet.
The deal could be revealed as early as Monday, according to The New York Times, which first reported on the potential deal.
Dunkin’ will be taken private at $106.50 a share, according to the Times, which relied on information from two people familiar with the talks. Shares of Dunkin’ closed Friday at $88.79 a share.
Dunkin’ Brands is the parent company of coffee-and-doughnuts chain Dunkin’ and ice cream store Baskin-Robbins.
Inspire Brands owns Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings and Jimmy John’s.
4. — Google Pays Apple $8 Billion-$12 Billion Annually to Be Default Search Engine
Apple receives an estimated $8 billion to $12 billion in annual payments – up from $1 billion a year in 2014 – in exchange for building Google’s search engine into its products, The New York Times reported.
The deal is just one aspect of the Justice Department’s suit filed last week against Google, a unit of Alphabet . The alliance between the two tech giants is an example of what prosecutors said were Google’s illegal tactics to protect its monopoly and choke off competition in web search, the Times noted.
Google’s payments to Apple are probably the single biggest payment that Google makes to anyone and accounts for 14% to 21% of Apple’s annual profit, according to the Times.
Nearly half of Google’s search traffic now comes from Apple devices, according to the Justice Department, and the prospect of losing the Apple agreement has been described as a “code red” scenario inside the company. A former Google executive told the Times the prospect of losing Apple’s traffic was “terrifying” to the search giant.
5. — China to Impose Sanctions on Boeing, Lockheed and Raytheon
China said it would impose unspecified sanctions on the defense unit of Boeing , Lockheed Martin , and Raytheon Technologies after the U.S. approved $1.8 billion in arms sales to Taiwan last week, Bloomberg reported.
The sanctions will be imposed “in order to uphold national interests,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters Monday in Beijing. Boeing’s “Boeing Defense” division would be among those sanctioned, he said.
Boeing has “worked together successfully with the aviation community in China for almost 50 years to support Chinese efforts to ensure a safe, efficient and profitable aviation system to keep pace with the country’s rapid economic growth,” a company spokesperson said in an emailed statement to Bloomberg.
“It’s been a partnership with long-term benefits and one that Boeing remains committed to,” the spokesperson added.
Boeing shares fell 1.92% to $164.15 in premarket trading.
This article was originally published by TheStreet.