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Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Corporate earnings season continues this week with 55 S&P 500 companies reporting, per FactSet.

What to watch: Besides the major headliners like Netflix and Goldman Sachs, we could get some important economic indicators from railroad company CSX, pizza purveyor Domino's, airline carrier United Continental and industrial giant Honeywell.

  • Of the 29 companies that have reported so far, nearly half beat analyst expectations for earnings and revenue, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch. That's below the last two quarters, but still above average, at this point in earnings season.
Ones to watch

1. CSX Corp: Manufacturers have turned from trucks to railroads to move their goods in recent months, due to stricter trucking regulations that have caused a driver shortage. CSX's report will show if that trend continued.

  • Fellow rail company Kansas City Southern also releases earnings later in the week.
  • Bottom line: A strong economy typically translates into higher freight demand, and higher rates.

2. Domino's Pizza: It's expected to give the first update on the performance of "HotSpots," a new mobile feature that delivers pizza to non-traditional places, like parks or beaches. If successful, others might copy the model.

  • Same-store sales for its international and U.S. restaurants were weak last quarter. Investors will be looking for whether the slowdown was a blip, or a sign of diminishing market share.

3. United Continental: Fuel prices are rising, so we'll get a better sense on how that impacts profits (and, eventually, pricing).

  • The airline's stock has performed much better than its competitors in the past year.
  • Rival Delta Air Lines emerged unscathed in its third quarter, thanks to higher airfare.

4. Honeywell: It downplayed the impact of the trade war on its businesses last quarter, but did acknowledge increased costs in a few parts of its supply chain, thanks to tariffs.

  • Look for further questions about how Honeywell is planning to offset any additional costs caused by government intervention.

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Ben Geman, author of Generate
8 hours ago - Energy & Environment

Key clean power provision likely won't survive in Dems' spending bill

A construction worker walks along a dirt road at the Avangrid Renewables La Joya wind farm in Encino, New Mexico, on Aug. 5, 2020. Photo: Cate Dingley/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A pillar of Democrats' plans to speed deployment of zero-carbon electricity is likely to be cut from major spending and tax legislation they are struggling to move on a party-line vote, per multiple reports and a Capitol Hill aide.

Driving the news: The New York Times, citing anonymous congressional aides and lobbyists, reports that West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D) has told the White House he "strongly opposes" the Clean Electricity Performance Program.

Updated 10 hours ago - World

Fatal stabbing of British MP David Amess declared a terrorist incident

Police outside Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, England, on Oct. 15. Photo: John Keeble/Getty Images

Authorities have declared the death of David Amess a terrorist incident, hours after the Conservative Party lawmaker in the U.K. was fatally stabbed while meeting with local constituents in a church in eastern England on Friday.

The big picture: The Metropolitan Police has found "a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism."

Biden: DOJ should prosecute those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas

President Biden speaks with reporters at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden said Friday that the Justice Department should prosecute those who defy subpoenas from the Jan. 6 select committee.

Why it matters: The president's remarks come one day after Donald Trump ally Steve Bannon failed to show up for a deposition before the committee.