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10 things you need to know before the opening bell

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New York Stock Exchange Floor Governor Brendan Connolly, left, works with traders Peter Tuchman, John Panin and Sal Suarino, second left to right, on the floor of the NYSE, March 9, 2020.
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Here's what you need to know before the markets open.

1. A forensic financial expert broke down the numbers behind scandal-hit German fintech Wirecard, whose ex-CEO was just arrested. German fintech group Wirecard saw its shares crash by over 80% over two days last week when its auditor EY said it could not trace 1.9 billion euros ($2 billion) in cash, representing roughly a quarter of its balance sheet.

2. Wirecard pops almost 30% as its former CEO is arrested in connection with the company's $2.2 billion accounting scandal. Shares of German fintech Wirecard soared on Tuesday on reports that the ex-CEO of the scandal-ridden firm was arrested on suspicion of false accounting.

3. Day trading for fun is a 'losing proposition,' Princeton economist and Burton Malkiel warns. Many of the people who have taken up day trading during the pandemic are substituting stock picking for sports betting and will almost certainly lose money, Wealthfront's investment chief Burton Malkiel said in a recent MarketWatch interview.

4. Europe's economy continued to bounce back from the worst impacts of the coronavirus pandemic in June. That's according to IHS Markit's widely-watched PMI surveys, which showed a figure of 47.5, up from around 32 in May, meaning that while the Eurozone economy is still shrinking, it is doing so at a much slower rate than before.

5.Global stocks bounce after Trump reassures investors that the US-China trade deal is still on. Global stocks climbed on Tuesday, paring early losses on comments made by Trump's chief advisor Peter Navarro that the trade deal between US-China is "over." In Europe, the DAX is up 2.5%, the FTSE 100 is up 1.3% and the Euro Stoxx 50 is up 2%. In Asia, the Hang Seng is up 1.6%, the Shanghai Composite is up 0.2% and the Nikkei is up 0.5%. US futures are pointing to an open between 0.7-1%. 

9. Quarter earnings coming in. Equitable Holdings 1Q 2020 results are due and Markit's Q2 2020 results are due. 

10. Economic data releases today. API Weekly Crude Oil Stock and the Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index are due. 

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