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With a president in office eager to roll back financial regulations, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen spoke in favor of safeguards in the banking system — and the Fed’s independence — in remarks at the University of Michigan on Monday: Link

United Continental Holdings Inc (NYSE: UAL) has found itself in the middle of a PR nightmare after a video of police forcibly removing a paying customer from an overbooked flight on Sunday night went viral: Link

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

An activist investor has amassed a large stake in Whole Foods Market Inc. (NASDAQ: WFM) and wants it to accelerate its turnaround and explore a possible sale, increasing pressure on the upscale organic grocer to find its footing after its rapid growth stalled: Link

Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) fired back at Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) in their legal battle, defending its business model and seeking damages from Apple over withheld payments for technology used in iPhones: Link

The Trump administration held out the prospect Monday of wider retaliation against Syria and signaled a new push to remove the country’s divisive leader ahead of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s meetings with Damascus’s Russian allies: Link

REUTERS

Nervous investors turned to the safety of gold, government bonds and the yen on Tuesday as concerns mounted about possible U.S. military strikes in the Middle East and the Korean Peninsula: Link

Global stocks of corn, wheat, rice and soybeans combined will hit a record 671.1 million tonnes going into the next harvest - the third straight year of historically high surplus, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). That's enough to cover demand from China for about a year: Link

BLOOMBERG

Upending eight decades of convention in how equities research is priced on Wall Street will increase transparency and reduce conflicts. What it won’t do is make more people want to become analysts: Link

The world’s largest media companies returned to the negotiating table Monday with Hollywood screenwriters, seeking to avert a strike that could cost the entertainment industry billions of dollars and take popular TV shows off the air indefinitely: Link

NY POST

JAB Holding may have competition for Panera Bread Co (NASDAQ: PNRA), The Post has learned: Link

ECONOMIC DATA

  • The Labor Department's JOLTS report for February is schedule for release at 10:00 a.m. ET.
  • The Treasury is set to auction 4-week bills at 11:30 a.m. ET.
  • The Treasury will auction 3-year notes at 1:00 p.m. ET.

ANALYST RATINGS

  • Pacific Crest upgraded Yelp (NYSE: YELP) from Sector Weight to Overweight
  • RBC Capital upgraded RetailMeNot (NASDAQ: SALE) from Underperform to Sector Perform
  • Goldman Sachs upgraded RSP Permian (NYSE: RSPP) from Neutral to Buy
  • Jefferies downgraded State Street (NYSE: STT) from Buy to Hold
  • DA Davidson downgraded Potlach (NASDAQ: PCH) from Neutral to Underperform
  • Cantor Fitzgerald downgraded Wix.com (NYSE: WIX) from Overweight to Neutral

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