Dogecoin, SmileDirectClub, CVS Health, KKR: What to Watch When the Stock Market Opens Today

Here’s what we’re watching ahead of Tuesday’s opening bell.

  • U.S. stock futures ticked down as investors awaited data that will likely show the trade deficit widened to a fresh record in March.
  • Futures tied to the broad S&P 500 index slid 0.4%. The benchmark advanced 0.3% on Monday, despite declines in giant technology stocks. Futures linked to the technology-heavy Nasdaq-100 fell 0.8%. Read our full market wrap here.
What’s Coming Up
Market Movers to Watch
  • CVS Health

    CVS 1.69%

    shares rose 2.3% ahead of the bell after it reported quarterly results and raised its earnings-per-share guidance for 2021.

  • Pfizer

    PFE 3.05%

    was also on the rise premarket, up 1.6% after it logged larger first-quarter revenue and profit figures, driven in part by a $3.5 billion sales contribution from the company’s Covid-19 vaccine.

  • Avis Budget

    CAR -0.67%

    shares slipped 1.4% premarket. The car-rental company reported another quarterly loss and sales that dropped 22%.

  • KKR

    KKR -0.55%

    shares climbed 2.2% premarket after the private-equity firm reported a profit in the latest quarter as it reported positive investment income and revenue.

  • Under Armour

    UA -0.15%

    class-C shares added 2.6%. The apparel company agreed to pay $9 million to settle regulatory claims that it failed to disclose that it was pulling forward orders from future quarters. It also released its earnings and is now guiding for full-year earnings rather than a loss.

  • SmileDirectClub

    SDC -0.05%

    dropped 8.8%. The provider of teeth-straightening retainers said a cyberattack last month disrupted the company’s operations and will hurt its sales this quarter.

Advertising for the SmileDirectClub in Times Square in New York on the day of its IPO, Sept. 12, 2019.


Richard B. Levine/Levine Roberts/Zuma Press

  • Crane

    CR 0.72%

    climbed 4% premarket. The industrial company reported first-quarter earnings and sales that were above Wall Street expectations and raised guidance.

  • Williams

    WMB 1.68%

    ticked up 0.9% premarket. The energy infrastructure company swung to a profit in the first quarter as it benefited from record gathering volumes from the Northeast that helped boost its natural gas business.

Market Facts
  • The value of meme cryptocurrency dogecoin rallied about 25% Tuesday to trade as high as 48 cents—a new record high for the digital asset whose creators never intended for it to have any real value. The rally makes all dogecoin in circulation worth more than $60 billion, surpassing the market cap of large companies like


    TWTR -1.16%


    Dollar General.

    DG 0.85%

    Tuesday’s price rise accelerates Monday’s gains after trading app eToro added dogecoin for trading.

  • Brent crude prices have risen more than 30% in 2021, and on Tuesday morning ticked up another 1.6%.
  • On this day in 1979, the first modern leveraged buyout using high-yield junk bonds—a $381 million deal to take Houdaille Industries private—was completed by KKR. Over the next six years, Houdaille produced a 33.9% average annual return for KKR’s institutional investors.
Chart of the Day

U.S. stocks such as Tesla,


AAPL 0.82%



GME -6.56%

are attracting investors, as negative bank rates prompt risk-averse Germans to shift their savings.

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