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The Dow, Google and Avis - 5 Things You Must Know Before the Market Opens Tuesday

1. -- U.S. stock futures pointed to a lower open for Wall Street on Tuesday, Aug. 8, while European and Asian markets traded mixed following modestly weaker trade data from China.

Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average were up slightly. If the Dow was to finish lower on Tuesday, it would end a nine-day streak in which the index closed at all-time highs.

The Dow gained 0.12% on Monday, Aug. 7, securing a new record close of 22,118. The S&P 500 also ended at a record of 2,480.

Japan's Nikkei 225 fell 0.3% on Tuesday while the Shanghai Composite rose just 0.1% after China's trade growth weakened in July. Economists have estimated that Chinese growth in 2017 is likely to slow.

2. -- Alphabet Inc.'s ( GOOGL) Google fired the author of a controversial memo who suggested men were better suited for tech jobs than women.

The 10-page memo, titled "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber" went viral within Google last week and was first reported externally by the tech blog Motherboard. In it, the male author said that women were underrepresented in technology because of inherent psychological differences between men and women.

Google hasn't publicly named the author of the memo but...


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