Here Are 3 Hot Things to Know About Stocks Right Now

  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average  rose Monday, after finishing last week with a gain of 1.4%.
  • SodaStream International Ltd. (SODA)  rose nearly 10% after PepsiCo Inc. (PEP) agreed to buy the Israeli company for $3.2 billion.
  • Tesla Inc. (TSLA)  fell 0.7% after JPMorgan slashed its price target on the electric vehicle maker.

Wall Street Overview

Stocks closed higher on Monday, Aug. 20, as investors awaited trade talks between the U.S. and China later this week and a meeting of central bankers.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average  gained 89 points, or 0.35%, to 25,759, the S&P 500  rose 0.24%, and the Nasdaq  rose 0.06%. Dow component Nike Inc. (NKE) rose 3.1% after analysts at Susquehanna Financial Group upgraded shares of the athletic apparel maker to positive from neutral.

Investors this week will look to a speech from Jerome Powell, chairman of the Federal Reserve, who will speak at the Jackson Hole Central Banking Symposium on Friday, Aug. 24. Powell reportedly will be discussing the economy and monetary policy when he gives his speech at Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Meanwhile, a delegation led by China's vice commerce minister, Wang Shouwen, will conduct two days of talks in Washington starting on Wednesday.

PepsiCo Inc. (PEP) said Monday it purchased Israel-based SodaStream International Ltd. (SODA) for $3.2 billion.

PepsiCo agreed to pay $144 per Sodastream share, which represents an almost 11% premium to SodaStream's closing price on Friday, Aug. 17, to gain control of the company's in-home soda technology. PepsiCo said the price represented a 32% premium to the 30-day volume weighted average.

SodaStream jumped 9.4% to $142.06. PepsiCo shares fell 0.04%. 

The acquisition is PepsiCo's largest in eight years and marks a last hurrah for CEO Indra Nooyi, who earlier this month said she would step down as CEO in October and remain chairman until early 2019. She will be replaced by company insider Ramon Laguarta, who ran the company's Europe Sub-Saharan Africa division before being elevated to president last year.

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JPMorgan analyst Ryan Brinkman cut his price target Monday on Tesla Inc. (TSLA) to $195 from $308, saying that it appeared "funding has not been secured" for CEO Elon Musk's proposal to take the electric vehicle maker private.

Musk said earlier this month he was considering taking Tesla private for $420 a share and added that funding was "secured." Last week, Musk said he believed Saudi Arabia's PIF could provide the necessary funding, although sources close to the sovereign wealth fund have played down that prospect, according to Reuters. 

A report from Reuters on Monday said PIF was in talks with Tesla rival Lucid Motors Inc. about investing the company.

Tesla shares fell 0.1% to $305.24, trimming earlier losses.

Tyson Foods Inc. (TSN) reached an agreement to acquire Keystone Foods, a maker of chicken nuggets, from Brazil's Marfrig Global Foods for $2.16 billion in cash. Tyson Foods rose 1.6%.

It's no surprise Tyson made the deal says TheStreet's Executive Editor @BrianSozzi -- he just told TheStreet deals are top priority.

Estee Lauder Cos. (EL) posted fiscal fourth-quarter adjusted earnings of 61 cents a share as sales rose 14% to $3.3 billion. Analysts expected earnings of 56 cents on revenue of $3.26 billion.

The cosmetics maker said it expects fiscal first-quarter adjusted profit of $1.18 to $1.22 a share and sales in the period to rise 5% to 6%. The stock rose 3.2%.

Estee Lauder is Real Money's 'Stock of the Day' on Monday.

Later this week, a host of retailers such as Target Corp. (TGT) , Kohl's Corp. (KSS) , Gap Inc. (GPS) , TJX Cos. (TJX) and Foot Locker Inc. (FL) , are scheduled to issue earnings reports.

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