5 issues to know earlier than the inventory market opens Monday, April 19

Here are the top news, trends, and analysis that investors need to get their trading day started:

1. Stocks will fall after the Dow, S&P 500 record closes

The New York Stock Exchange is pictured amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in New York on April 16, 2021.

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A worker replenishes a display of soft drinks from Coca-Cola Co. in a store in Orem, Utah, United States on Tuesday, February 9, 2021.

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The Dow share Coca-Cola rose slightly in the pre-market after the beverage giant reported better-than-expected quarterly results and sales on Monday morning. According to Coca-Cola, demand in the first quarter was flat year-on-year as North America and Western Europe take longer to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

2. Bitcoin struck on a wild weekend as China adjusted the view

A representation of the virtual currency Bitcoin can be seen in this illustration in front of a stock graph.

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Bitcoin fell to nearly $ 52,000 on Sunday morning, days after hitting an all-time high near $ 65,000 on a wild weekend of trading. Bitcoin rose slightly to around $ 56,000 early Monday. But that’s about 13% less than last week. Also on Sunday, a leading Chinese central banker named Bitcoin an “investment alternative,” a significant change in Beijing’s tone after cracking down on the issuance and trading of cryptocurrencies nearly four years ago. The comments came from Li Bo, deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China, during a panel hosted by CNBC in China.

3. GameStop CEO resigns; ‘Roaring Kitty’ doubles

Shoppers wait for a GameStop store to open at Tysons Corner Center in Tysons, Virginia on November 27, 2020.

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GameStop surged 8% in premarket trading to around $ 167 per share after the video game retailer announced on Monday that CEO George Sherman would be stepping down. The board is looking for a successor. It’s the biggest shake since Ryan Cohen, co-founder of online pet supplier Chewy, joined GameStop’s board of directors in January. Cohen, who is slated to become chairman in June, invested in GameStop last year to encourage the company to focus on online sales and close unprofitable stores in malls. Cohen’s involvement with GameStop helped kickstart the stock’s wild ride earlier this year.

Keith Gill, also known as the Roaring Kitty

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Keith Gill, known as “Roaring Kitty” and recognized as the inspiration for the Reddit-fueled GameStop trading frenzy, exercised options Friday, giving him 50,000 more shares at a strike price of just $ 12. If he had sold the options at Friday’s price, he could have made over $ 7 million. Gill also bought 50,000 more GameStop shares, increasing his total investment to 200,000 shares valued at more than $ 30 million as of Friday’s close of trading of nearly $ 155.

4. Fatal Tesla crash investigated; CPSC warns of Peloton’s Tread +

A Tesla logo on a Model S is photographed at a Tesla dealer in New York.

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Police investigating the 2019 Tesla Model S crash on Saturday night in Spring, Texas, north of Houston, said no one was apparently in the driver’s seat when the vehicle slammed into a tree and went up in flames and the two men left Interior killed. Police told the New York Times that a few minutes before the accident, the men’s wives heard them say they wanted to take a ride and talk about the car’s autopilot. Tesla’s shares fell around 1.5% on the Monday before going public.

Peloton Co-Founder and CEO John Foley speaks during . Disrupt SF 2018 at the Moscone Center on September 6, 2018 in San Francisco.

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Peloton’s shares fell 7% on the Monday ahead of the market after the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced on Saturday that consumers should stop using the Peloton Tread + treadmill when small children or pets are around. A month ago, Peloton announced a treadmill accident that killed a child. Describing the CPSC’s recommendation as “inaccurate and misleading”, Peloton insisted that their treadmills are safe if all safety recommendations are followed.

5. US hits vaccine milestone as Fauci hopes for a quick resumption of the J&J shot

Paramedic Lenny Fernandez, medical assistant Rodnay Moore, and paramedic certified Calvin Davis (left to right) prepare doses of the Pfizer COVID vaccine as the City of Vernon Health Department workers open the new clinic for the city’s mobile health unit for delivery Vaccinations used by COVID-19 against nearly 250 food processing workers at Rose & Shore, Inc. March 17, 2021 in Vernon, CA.

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Half of all adults in the US have received at least one dose of Covid vaccine, according to CDC data. Sunday’s milestone comes a day after the global death toll from the coronavirus surpassed 3 million, according to Johns Hopkins University. In the USA, the number of new Covid cases every day is still high. Monday marks President Joe Biden’s deadline for all states to open Covid vaccines to all adults in the United States.

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a press conference in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, DC, United States on Tuesday, April 13, 2021.

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The Chief Medical Officer of the White House, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday he thinks the US is likely to resume use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine with a warning or restriction. He expects a decision on Friday when the CDC’s vaccination advisory body meets again. Health regulators asked states last week to halt the single dose of J&J after reports of six cases of rare but serious blood clotting problems.

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