Dow Goes Down, Boeing Cuts Costs and Actelion Talks Transition

This is what you need to know before the opening bell on Thursday.
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Put the Dow 20,000 hats and t-shirts away, as the Dow Jones could be set to post its first back-to-back loss since Nov. 4, pushing it further away from the historical 20,000 barrier, as better-than-expected earnings from Nike (NKE) - Get Report failed to deliver the bump that is needed to push the index over the threshold.

After the president-elect took to Twitter to publicly criticize Boeing (BA) - Get Report for the cost of replacing Air Force One, the company's CEO has reportedly promised to keep costs from exceeding $4 billion. After meeting with the CEOs of Boeing and Lockheed Martin (LMT) - Get Report , Donald Trump said, "We're trying to get the cost down. It's a program that's very, very expensive."

The will-they-won't-they story of the season might be coming to a close. After a statement a week ago that Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) - Get Report had walked away from a potential $27 billion takeover of Actelion, the Swiss biotech is reportedly back in exclusive talks with the American pharmaceutical company. Don't get too excited though, as both sides have stressed that there's no guarantee the talks will lead to any sort of transaction.