Stocks slip ahead of inflation data, Take-Two, Zynga in focus

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U.S. stocks opened lower as Monday's session kicked off and ahead of key inflation data due later this week.

The Nasdaq Composite paced the drop falling over 1.7%, while the S&P 500 lost 1.5% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average over 200 points or 0.6%. 

TickerSecurityLastChangeChange %
I:DJIDOW JONES AVERAGES35723.74-507.92-1.40%
SP500S&P 5004595.18-81.85-1.75%
I:COMPNASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX14586.516734-349.38-2.34%

Investors are also keeping a close eye on rising bond yields with the 10-Year Treasury at 1.77%.

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Tech names took a hit with Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Google trading lower. 

TickerSecurityLastChangeChange %
AAPLAPPLE INC.168.61-3.56-2.07%
MSFTMICROSOFT CORP.305.93-8.11-2.58%
AMZNAMAZON.COM INC.3,138.27-112.81-3.47%
GOOGLALPHABET INC.2,671.05-69.29-2.53%

In deal news, Take-Two is buying Zynga, the maker of the popular Farmville game, for $12.7 billion, a 64% premium to Friday's closing prices. 

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 "We are thrilled to announce our transformative transaction with Zynga, which significantly diversifies our business and establishes our leadership position in mobile, the fastest growing segment of the interactive entertainment industry," said Strauss Zelnick, Chairman and CEO of Take-Two in the deal announcement. 

TickerSecurityLastChangeChange %
TTWOTAKE-TWO INTERACTIVE SOFTWARE INC.140.18-24.42-14.84%
ZNGAZYNGA INC.8.65+2.65+44.25%

In pharma news, Pfizer's CEO told CNBC a vaccine specific to treat omicron will be ready by March. 

TickerSecurityLastChangeChange %
PFEPFIZER INC.55.41-0.30-0.55%
BNTXBIONTECH SE209.00-2.84-1.34%

Lululemon shares slipped after the yoga retailer said the virus impacted holiday sales. 

TickerSecurityLastChangeChange %
LULULULULEMON ATHLETICA INC.335.37-19.84-5.59%

"We started the holiday season in a strong position but have since experienced several consequences of the Omicron variant, including increased capacity constraints, more limited staff availability, and reduced operating hours in certain locations. I am proud of how our teams continue to deliver for our guests, and we are excited about what the future holds for lululemon" said CEO Calvin McDonald. 

As a result, sales will now be at the low end of the $2.125 billion to $2.165 billion range. 

TickerSecurityLastChangeChange %
USOUNITED STATES OIL FUND L.P.56.19-0.48-0.86%
BNOUNITED STS BRENT OIL FD LP UNIT21.76-0.21-0.96%

In commodities, oil hovered at the $78 per barrel level. 

The economic calendar is light but will pick up on Wednesday with the release of the Consumer Price Index for December and the Producer Price Index the following day.  

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