**__ Diplomatt’s Daily Digest – February 7, 2022__**
Good morning and happy Monday, everyone! U.S. stock index futures turned slightly negative in early morning trading after the S&P posted its best week of 2022, boosted by quarterly earnings reports and a better-than-expected January employment report. A bad week for bonds, driven by surprisingly hawkish central banks, strong U.S. data, and continuing inflation fears, shows little sign of turning around. Last week’s gains followed a rocky start to the year for the major averages as rising rates prompted investors to shed growth names in favor of value-oriented areas of the market. Another busy earnings week is on deck, with 76 S&P 500 companies set to post results.
Quote of the week: “Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” – Richard Branson
• Over the weekend, the White House national security advisor warned that a Russian invasion of Ukraine could be imminent. His appearances come after two U.S. officials said Russia has in place about 70% of the combat power it believes it would need for a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
• French President Emmanuel Macron is heading to Moscow today for talks with Vladimir Putin in an attempt to defuse tensions over Ukraine.
• Frontier Airlines and Spirit Airlines, the two largest low-cost carriers in the U.S., have agreed to merge, creating what would become the fifth largest airline in the country.
• The number of disorderly passengers on commercial airplanes has skyrocketed during the pandemic. Now, Delta Airlines’ CEO is renewing his call for a national unruly passenger no-fly list.
• Peloton shares surged in premarket trading on reports that Amazon and Nike are lining up as possible suitors for the interactive fitness equipment maker.
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