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5 things to know before the stock market opens Wednesday, January 18


The Goldman Sachs booth is seen at the New York Stock Exchange during morning trading on January 17, 2023 in New York City.

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Here are the most important news items that investors need to start their trading day:

1. Goldman weighs on the Dow

The Nasdaq squeezed out another win Tuesday, while the S&P 500 slipped slightly. But it was a particularly rough day for the Dow as component Goldman Sachs fell more than 6% after posting its worst earnings miss in a decade. The big banks have reported mixed results, which has made it difficult to suss out what to expect as earnings season rolls on. “This is a really pivotal earnings season to find out whether or not companies can weather the storm and how long they can weather it for,” Liz Young of SoFi said on CNBC’s “Closing Bell: Overtime.” On Wednesday, investors chew over more data, as the producer price index, a measure of wholesale inflation, comes out. Read live markets updates here.

2. Fares, demand lift United

A grounds crew member directs an United Airlines airplane to a gate at Terminal A at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) in Newark, New Jersey, US, on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023.

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It’s become a common theme for airlines: Airfares are high, but travelers keep paying up. United Airlines on Tuesday reported quarterly profit and revenue that easily beat Wall Street’s expectations, while outperforming its fourth quarter in 2019, just before the pandemic walloped travel. Carriers are still struggling with a labor shortage and a tighter supply of planes, not to mention higher fuel and materials costs, but people are eager to fly and that has trumped everything else. United sees the trend continuing, offering a stronger-than-expected outlook for early 2023.

3. Kegerators for sale

Elon Musk Twitter page seen on mobile with his poll to step down as head of Twitter

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Cash-strapped Twitter is practically looking for change in the couch cushions as it reportedly struggles to pay rent. Amid reports of dramatically lower ad revenue, the social media company is resorting to auctioning off items from its San Francisco headquarters. The company is selling kegerators, espresso machines, TVs, oversized neon versions of its logo, pizza ovens and more. CEO Elon Musk, who took over Twitter last fall, has faced an exodus of advertisers and employees as he has allowed banned users back on the platform while also seeking dramatic cost cuts.

4. Mortgage demand rises

A ‘For Sale’ sign is posted in front of a single family home on October 27, 2022 in Hollywood, Florida.

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Weekly mortgage demand shot up after rates came down a little bit, showing just how sensitive the market is to rate movement. Overall demand rose 28% last week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association, as the interest rate on the popular 30-year fixed-rate mortgage declined to 6.23% from 6.42%. Granted, a year ago, the rate was 3.64%, and demand was much stronger for purchases and refinancing. New supply isn’t moving onto the market, either, so affordability will likely remain an issue for homebuyers for the immediate future.

5. Ukraine interior minister dead

Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskyi died in a helicopter crash in Ukraine.

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