5 things to know before the stock market opens on Monday, November 14

Traders work on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in Manhattan, New York City, US, November 11, 2022.

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Here are the most important news items investors need to start their trading day:

1. A little sunlight falls

2. Dems hold the Senate

US Senate will remain in the hands of the Democrats’ after their incumbents in Arizona and Nevada – respectively Mark Kelly and Catherine Cortez Masto – was projected to win their race over the weekend. The victory once again gave Democrats 50 votes in the chamber, good enough for a majority, with Vice President Kamala Harris acting as the tie breaker. The party was able to increase its leverage a little more with a victory in the December runoff between Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock and his Republican challenger, Herschel Walker. It will take some power away from centrist Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and conservative West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, but they will remain pivotal in the tight vote. Even if the House flips Republican, Democratic control of the Senate will make it easier for Biden to appoint new judges and Cabinet members.

3. The FTX collapse

There has been a whirlwind of revelations and developments since the fallout investor, Sam Bankman-Fried’s crypto company FTX. Filed for bankruptcy Friday. The company, now under the control of new CEO and head of restructuring John Ray, clamped down on trading and withdrawals after a series of “illegal transactions” happened right after it declared bankruptcy. Meanwhile, a new CNBC report says Alameda, a trading firm that Bankman-Fried founded, quietly used billions of dollars in customer funds from FTX in a way that evaded the attention of investors, employees and auditors. Bankman-Fried, who has donated millions to Democratic political causes, also came under fire from Washington, signing a major shift for the crypto industry. The decline has prompted calls for stronger scrutiny from the right and left alike.

4. Big retailers report this week

5. Biden met with Xi

President Joe Biden on Monday met face and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, for the first time since he moved to the White House in January 2021. While the two presidents have spoken through several video conferences and phone calls, the private meeting before the G-20 summit took place at a particularly tense time, between concerns about Taiwan and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, among other things. “We need to find the right direction for bilateral relations in the future and improve relations,” Xi said, while Biden stressed that the two countries can compete without it becoming a conflict.

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– CNBC’s Yun Li, Kevin Breuninger, Jacob Pramuk, Kate Rooney, MacKenzie Sigalos, Paige Tortorelli, Brian Schwartz, Melissa Repko, Evelyn Cheng and Alex Sherman contributed to this report.

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