**__ Diplomatt’s Daily Digest – April 19, 2022__**
Good morning and happy Tuesday! Stock futures slipped early Tuesday morning as traders navigate one of the busiest weeks of corporate earnings season. Futures tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 30 points, or 0.1%, while those for the S&P 500 also pulled back by 0.1%. Nasdaq 100 futures dipped 0.1% as well. The move in futures comes after a slightly down day for stocks on Monday. The Dow and Nasdaq Composite each dipped 0.1%, while the S&P 500 inched lower by 0.02%.
The major indexes have been grinding lower as the first-quarter earnings season heats up. Lockheed Martin and travelers are among the companies slated to report later in the morning. Netflix and IBM are scheduled to post their numbers after the bell Tuesday. With inflation and the Federal Reserve’s next steps a key debate in markets, investors are watching for insight into how supply chains and consumer demand are performing for major companies.
Quote of the week: “Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.” – Bill Bradley.
• The Transportation Security Administration will not enforce the mask mandate on public transportation, after a federal judge in Florida on Monday vacated the Biden administration’s national Covid mask mandate for planes and other forms of public transportation, ruling that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had overstepped its authority.
• Johnson & Johnson reported mixed quarterly results, with its earnings per share topping earnings expectations while revenue missed analyst estimates. The pharmaceutical company also lowered its earnings guidance for 2022.
• Hasbro also posted a weaker-than-expected profit for the previous quarter, while its revenue was in line with estimates.
• Delta Air Lines has announced they are testing SpaceX’s Starlink internet for use on their airplanes.
• Elon Musk said he will not pay board members if he manages to acquire Twitter.
• Mercedes-Benz unveiled its new EQS SUV, its first fully electric SUV built domestically for the U.S. market that is expected to rival the Tesla Model X.
• Vice President Kamala Harris announced the United States government has committed to ending the practice of anti-satellite missile tests.
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