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Here are the most important news items investors need to start their trading day:

1. Busy week weather

Markets don’t look much clearer now that we’re past the doldrums in a busy earnings week. The three major indices were mixed on Wednesday. The Dow posted a fourth consecutive winning session, just barely, while the Nasdaq and S&P 500 snapped their three-day winning streak. The future didn’t look so clear Thursday morning, either. Investors are largely chewing over forecasts from several Big Tech earnings that have already reported this week, including Microsoft, Alphabet and Meta (more on that below). There are two more majors coming up on Thursday as well, with Apple and Amazon due to report after the clock. There’s another Fed meeting next week, too, which means another big rate hike is on the way (see below). Read live market updates here.

2. If a stock falls in the metric…

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg shows off an Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset and Oculus Touch controllers during the Oculus Connect 3 event in San Jose, California, U.S., Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016.

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3. Missiles hit Kyiv

This photo shows Freedom Square in Kyiv during a rolling blackout in parts of the Ukrainian capital’s districts following two weeks of rocket attacks on critical infrastructure, on October 24, 2022, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Sergei Supinsky AFP | Getty Images

4. Powell under pressure

U.S. Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell leaves after holding a news conference after the Federal Reserve raised its target interest rate by three-quarters of a percentage point in Washington, Sept. 21, 2022.

Kevin Lamarque | Reuters

5. Sink or swim time

Elon Musk’s Twitter profile is seen on a smartphone superimposed on Twitter logos printed in this photo illustration taken on April 28, 2022.

Dad Ruvic | Reuters

Elon Musk showed on Wednesday at Twitter headquarters and sink in his hands, enough just so he could do to “let that sink in” pound on, you guessed it, Twitter. All signs are pointing to the billionaire Tesla CEO closing his $44 billion deal to take the social media company private just in time for a court-appointed deadline on Friday. Musk’s takeover will end a month-long saga that included him hitting the market at $54.20 a share, walking away as Twitter sued him to complete the deal. Now the question is, what will Musk really do with Twitter? We’ll just have to see what’s next for the self-described “Chief Twit.”

– CNBC’s Samantha Subin, Jonathan Vanian, Natasha Turak, Jeff Cox and Lauren Feiner contributed to this report.

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