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  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average   fell slightly on Monday. The index traded in and out of positive territory for much of the session.
  • Hasbro Inc. (HAS) jumped 13% after the toymaker's second-quarter earnings and sales smashed analysts' expectations.
  • Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL) , the parent company of Google, rose 1% on Monday ahead of its second-quarter earnings report.

Wall Street Overview

Stocks ended mixed on Monday, July 23, with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq modestly higher and the Dow slightly lower ahead of Alphabet's widely anticipated earnings report.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average    fell 13.83, or 0.06%, to 25,044.29, the S&P 500  rose 0.18%, and the Nasdaq  was up 0.28%.

An official communique from a meeting of G-20 finance ministers and central bankers over the weekend in Buenos Aires reiterated the downside risks to global growth, saying they included "rising financial vulnerabilities, heightened trade and geopolitical tensions, global imbalances, inequality and structurally weak growth." The statement followed President Trump's declaration last week that he was "ready to go" in imposing tariffs on $500 billion worth of China-made goods to reduce a record trade deficit with the world's second-largest economy.

Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL)   rose 1% ahead of earnings from the parent company of Google due after the closing bell Monday. The company posted better-than-expected results after the close of trading. See live blog.

TheStreet's Eric Jhonsa doesn't expect a ton of drama from Alphabet Inc.'s earnings, but said the web giant's report and earnings call should help answer an important question or two about search -- its largest business -- and maybe provide some useful details about how smaller businesses are progressing.

Jeep executive Mike Manley will be the new CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCAU) after long-time leader Sergio Marchionne stepped down after suffering complications after surgery.

Fiat Chrysler shares fell 1.8%.

Hasbro Inc. (HAS) jumped 13% after the toymaker's second-quarter earnings and sales smashed analysts' expectations.

Halliburton Co. (HAL) earned 58 cents a share in the second quarter, meeting forecasts. The stock fell 8%.

Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW)  tumbled 7.2% after the company posted second-quarter earnings in line with analysts' expectations, but cut its full-year earnings outlook to $7.50 to $7.70 a share from previous guidance of $7.60 to $7.80. 

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Tesla Inc. ( TSLA) has asked some suppliers to refund a portion of what the electric vehicle maker has spent previously in an effort to reduce costs and become profitable.

The company, according to a memo reviewed by The Wall Street Journal that was sent to a supplier last week, said it was asking its suppliers for cash back to help it become profitable. Tesla requested the supplier return what it called a meaningful amount of money of its payments since 2016, the memo said. The stock fell 3.4%.

Papa John's International Inc. (PZZA) on Sunday adopted a shareholder rights plan, or "poison pill," likely to prevent John Schnatter, the pizza chain's founder and largest shareholder, from gaining a controlling stake in the company. Shares fell 10.4%.

Schnatter, who resigned last week following a Forbes report that he used the N-word in a media diversity training session in May, owns 29% of Papa John's shares and has indicated he won't give up control of the company without a fight.

LifePoint Health Inc. (LPNT) rose 35% to $64.90 after reaching a deal to be acquired for $5.6 billion by RCCH HealthCare Partners, which is owned by funds managed by Apollo Global Management LLC (APO) . LifePoint shareholders will receive $65 a share.

Information technology company Syntel Inc. (SYNT) will be acquired for $3.4 billion, or $41 a share, by Atos SE of France. Syntel shares rose 4.2% to $40.78.

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