U.S. stocks were mixed in early trading as investors position themselves ahead of key inflation data and earnings from the likes of JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs, while also taking in the future of space tourism after billionaire Richard Branson blasted successfully into orbit. 


The Nasdaq Composite rose 0.23% helped in part by Apple which hit a fresh record, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 were modestly higher. All three of the major averages closed at record levels on Friday. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change % I:DJI DOW JONES AVERAGES 34973.66 +103.50 +0.30%SP500 S&P 500 4377.82 +8.27 +0.19%I:COMP NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX 14696.567558 -5.35 -0.04%

Virgin Galactic shares are set to open higher after Richard Branson’s historic space flight paves the way for space tourism. Next up, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is set to take off at the end of the month. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change % SPCE VIRGIN GALACTIC HOLDINGS INC. 42.09 -7.18 -14.57%UFO PROCURE ETF TRUST II PROCURE SPACE ETF 30.68 -0.36 -1.16%ARKX ARK ETF TR SPACE EXPLORATION & INNOVAT 20.81 -0.09 -0.44%

Disney shares were marginally lower despite bringing in over $80 million at the U.S. Box office over its opening weekend, according to early estimates.  

Ticker Security Last Change Change % DIS THE WALT DISNEY CO. 181.81 +4.85 +2.74%

Also Tesla shares are in focus as CEO Elon Musk testifies in person over the $2.5 billion acquisition of Solar City after some shareholders dispute the deal. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change % TSLA TESLA, INC. 679.80 +22.86 +3.48%

Earnings from the big banks, including Wells Fargo, will kick off tomorrow, with one-quarter of the financial firms reporting this week. Charles Schwab will report on Thursday. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change % JPM JPMORGAN CHASE & CO. 158.57 +3.23 +2.08%GS THE GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP, INC. 382.25 +10.26 +2.76%WFC WELLS FARGO & CO. 44.18 +0.25 +0.57%SCHW THE CHARLES SCHWAB CORP. 71.72 +1.25 +1.77% Ticker Security Last Change Change % DAL DELTA AIR LINES, INC. 42.95 +0.01 +0.01%AOUT AMERICAN OUTDOOR BRANDS INC. 34.25 +0.46 +1.36%

Other key earnings will come from Delta Airlines on Wednesday and American Outdoor Brands Thursday. 

In commodities, oil traded down over 1% to $73.62 per barrel, while gold fell 0.66% to 1,190 per ounce. 

Overseas, European markets opened lower and Asian stocks advanced with the NIKKEI 225 Index rising 628.60 points or 2.25%, the Shanghai Composite Index up 23.75 points or 0.67%, and the Hang Seng Index is up 170.70 points or 0.62%.

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