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Here Are 3 Hot Things to Know About Stocks Right Now

  • The S&P 500 undefined   ended flat on Wednesday, still within striking distance of its all-time high of 2,872.87 set on Jan. 26. 
  • Tesla Inc. (TSLA) - Get Tesla Inc Report  fell 2.4% as investors weighed news that founder and CEO Elon Musk was considering taking the electric vehicle company private.
  • Walt Disney Co. (DIS) - Get Walt Disney Company Report was down 2.2% after third-quarter earnings disappointed.

Wall Street Overview

Stocks ended the day flat on Wednesday, Aug. 8, as a push from strong corporate earnings was muted by continued trade tensions between the U.S. and China.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average I:DJI  fell 45 points, or 0.18%, to 25,584, the S&P 500 slipped 0.03%, and the Nasdaq I:IXIC   rose 0.06%.

Denting sentiment Wednesday was news that the U.S. would impose 25% tariffs on an additional $16 billion in Chinese imports on Aug. 23, a move that likely means its vow to push for levies on $200 billion worth of products from China in the fall is well ahead of schedule. China's Ministry of Commerce announced a retaliatory move, saying it would levy a 25% tariff on $16 billion worth of U.S. goods.

  • A Horrifying Storm Is Brewing Inside the Stock Market

Tesla Inc. (TSLA) - Get Tesla Inc Report shares fell 2.4% on Wednesday, following the stock's biggest one-day gain in nearly four years, as investors appeared to question founder and CEO Elon Musk's $72 billion vow to take the electric vehicle company private.

Shares jumped 11% to close Tuesday at $379.57 after Musk tweeted he was considering taking Tesla private at $420 a share and had the funding to do so.

"As a public company, we are subject to wild swings in our stock price that can be a major distraction for everyone working at Tesla, all of whom are shareholders," Musk said in a letter to staffers posted on Tesla's blog page. "Being public also subjects us to the quarterly earnings cycle that puts enormous pressure on Tesla to make decisions that may be right for a given quarter, but not necessarily right for the long-term."

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Walt Disney Co.'s (DIS) - Get Walt Disney Company Report fiscal third-quarter results disappointed but Chairman and CEO Bob Iger promised investors a streaming service to rival Netflix Inc. (NFLX) - Get Netflix, Inc. Report .

"Brands matter more than ever," Iger told investors following the release Tuesday of the entertainment giant's earnings. Pairing Disney's studios such as Marvel, Lucas Films and Pixar with brands the company is acquiring from Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. (FOXA) - Get Fox Corporation Class A Report such as Searchlight, FX and National Geographic will give the upcoming streaming service firepower to challenge Netflix, he said.

Disney shares fell 2.2% on Wednesday.

Snap Inc. (SNAP) - Get Snap, Inc. Class A Report  fell 6.7% on Wednesday after the social media company reported a narrower loss in the second quarter and higher revenue than analysts expected. But the company also reported a 2% sequential decline in daily active users, the first time in its history it reported a quarter-to-quarter decline in DAUs.

Papa John's International Inc.'s (PZZA) - Get Papa John's International, Inc. Reportsecond-quarter earnings missed analysts' estimates and the pizza chain said same-store sales in North America would fall 7% to 10% this year because of recent media coverage. It also lowered its earnings forecast for full-year 2018. Shares fell 5.2%.

"Very inexcusable and irresponsible comments" by company founder and former CEO John Schnatter caused same-store sales in July to fall by about 10.5%, current CEO Steve Ritchie told analysts on Tuesday. Schnatter gave up his chairman post at Papa John's after a Forbes story last month reported Schnatter used the N-word during a media training session in May. 

Drugmaker Mylan NV (MYL) - Get Viatris, Inc. Report said Wednesday its board was "actively evaluating" alternatives. Shares reversed earlier declines to gain 1.8%.

The news release didn't specify the options being explored. The board hasn't set a timeframe for the strategic review.

CVS Health Corp. (CVS) - Get CVS Health Corporation Report posted second-quarter adjusted earnings of $1.69 a share, beating estimates of $1.61. The company raised the low end of its guidance for 2018 to $6.98 to $7.08 a share from its previous outlook of $6.87 to $7.08. Shares rose 4%.