10 things you need to know before the opening bell

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1. US futures point higher after Thursday’s sell-off. See what markets are doing today. 

2. Janet Yellen pushes for $1.9 trillion stimulus after weak jobs numbers. Yellen said she isn’t overly worried about inflation, but economic “scarring” is a bigger danger.

3. Nine LBO modeling tests later, even a monkey could get hired at KKR (…okay, not really). From Wall Street Oasis, get the skills needed to break into Private Equity (recruiting kicks off soon)…

4. Elon Musk defends Tesla’s $1.5 billion bitcoin bet as ‘adventurous enough. He was responding to Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao, who said he’s surprised Musk is a Dogecoin advocate.

5. Keith Gill told Congress he’d still buy GameStop stock at its current price. The investor said his strategy is “rather aggressive” and his position is “based on the fundamentals.”

6. Earnings coming in. Hermès, RBS, and Danone are highlights. 

7. On the data docket. Boston Fed Reserve President Eric Rosengren’s speech, IHS Markit Purchasing Manager’s Index, and the Baker Hughes US oil rig count are due.

8. Goldman Sachs is monitoring stocks that will get a big boost from further stimulus. The firm says to buy these 21 stocks now ahead of that development.

9. Speculation is swirling around Lucid Motors going public via SPAC merger. These 9 investors are set for a huge windfall as shares of the SPAC Churchill Capital Corp. IV skyrocket.

10. Low interest rates are making substantial returns harder to come by. A strategist at a $903 billion firm shares 3 income-generating investing ideas – including one already yielding 5%.

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