Finance: 10 things you need to know before the opening bell (SPY, SPX, QQQ, DIA, T, SHLD, GE)

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This is what traders are talking about.

China is sending a senior official to the US to try and defuse the trade war. Chinese Vice Premier Liu He will fly to Washington with the hopes of meeting senior officials before the informal talks between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Trump is once again moving closer to imposing auto tariffs. Trump on Tuesday will meet with his trade team to discuss a Commerce Department report on auto tariffs, according to Bloomberg. He previously threatened to impose a 25% tariff on all autos and auto parts coming into the US as part of his negotiations with trading partners including the European Union and Canada.

Morningstar’s $207 billion CIO breaks down why investors have 'significantly overpaid' for the biggest tech stocks — and what they should be doing with their money. In an exclusive interview with Business Insider, Morningstar Chief Investment Officer Daniel Needham explains why investors should be looking at defensive stocks right now.

General Electric hits a post-financial-crisis low. Shares touched $7.72 apiece — their lowest since March 2009 — after CEO Larry Culp told CNBC that he felt a sense of "urgency" to cut the company's leverage.

Creditors urge Sears to shut down all of its stores. Unsecured creditors, in a filing, slammed the retailer's plan to stay in business as "nothing more than wishful thinking" and "an unjustified and foolhardy gamble with other people's money."

AT&T is ending contracts with a group of dealers who sell DirecTV products. AT&T has notified many longtime residential dealers, who sell DirecTV products and services including satellite, broadband, and phone services that their contracts will expire on December 1, 2018.

The world's biggest maker of Bitcoin-mining hardware wants to go public, but there are questions over its profits. Bitmain, the world's largest manufacturer of chips in the machines used to mine bitcoin, in its filing to go public in Hong Kong, reported 2017 profits of $701.4 million, but the Financial Times reports previous funding rounds showed profits that were significantly higher.

Wall Streeters are probably going to get bigger bonuses this year. Workers up and down Wall Street are in line for bigger bonuses this year, with equity traders set to see their extra pay up by as much as 20%, according to the compensation consultant Johnson Associates.

Stock markets around the world are mixed. Japan's Nikkei (-2.06%) was hit hard in Asia and Germany's DAX (+0.64%) leads the gains in Europe. The S&P 500 is set to open up 0.55% near 2,741.

Earnings reports keep coming. Cronos, Home Depot, and Tyson Foods report ahead of the opening bell while Tilray releases its quarter results after markets close.


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