DOJ goes after Big Tech, China Talks resume next week, Mueller to testify and more

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Department of Justice targets Big Tech

The Department of Justice is opening a broad-based investigation into whether Big Tech firms such as Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB) and (NASDAQ: AMZN) are illegally hurting their rivals, stifling innovation, or harming consumers.

“Without the discipline of meaningful market-based competition, digital platforms may act in ways that are not responsive to consumer demands,” said Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the Antitrust Division in a statement. “The Department’s antitrust review will explore these important issues.”

Shares of Facebook fell 1.5% in premarket trading on Wednesday, while Google-parent Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOG) dropped 1.07%. Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Amazon stocks were also down, following the announcement.

U.S., China to resume trade talks next week

Bloomberg is reporting that senior U.S. officials led by Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will head to China on Monday for the first high-level, in-person trade talks since discussions between two economic giants ended in an impasse back in May.

According to the report, the U.S. delegation will meet with China’s Vice Premier Liu He and his team in Shanghai to re-open formal talks.

Wall Street set to open lower as earnings season heats up

U.S. stocks are poised to open lower on Wednesday as market participants await earnings from Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT), AT&T Inc (NYSE: T), and Boeing Co (NYSE: BA) before the bell.

General Dynamics Corp (NYSE: GD), United Parcel Service, Inc (NYSE: UPS), and Paypal Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ: PYPL) are also scheduled to publish their reports ahead of the open.

Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB), Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) and Ford Motor Co (NYSE: F) will announce after the closing bell.

Mueller to testify before two congressional committees

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller will face questions about his report on the Donald Trump campaign 2016 Presidential election and Russia when he appears before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees today.

Mueller, who has said he would confine himself to what he has already written in his report, will testify publicly before the House Judiciary Committee at 8:30 a.m. ET and at 12:00 p.m. ET before the House Intelligence Committee.