An increase in share buybacks during fourth quarter earnings reports is the latest sign that companies are feeling better about their financial situation despite higher interest rates.
All three of the major indexes (^DJI,^GSPC, ^IXIC) opened slightly higher on Monday as investors await the latest read on inflation, which will be released on Thursday morning. One of the big changes for investors is the makeup of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which now features Amazon (AMZN) instead of Walgreens Boot Alliance (WBA). In the video above, Yahoo Finance Senior Reporter Jared Blikre breaks down the early market action and explains why bears may have reason to worry. For more expert insight and the latest market action, click here to watch this full episode of Yahoo Finance Live. Editor's note: This article was written by Stephanie Mikulich
With stocks hovering near record highs after an earnings-driven rally, a fresh reading on inflation will bring the Federal Reserve's interest rate path back into focus.