1. Government shutdown continues: The U.S. government shutdown enters its third day on Monday, with the Senate scheduled to vote at noon on a bill to reopen it for three weeks. However, it is still unclear whether the proposal will garner enough support from Democrats to pass.
While a brief shutdown won't have a significant economic impact, a prolonged disruption to government services could result in a hit. The last government shutdown -- which lasted more than two weeks in October 2013 -- cost an estimated $20 billion, according to an estimate from Moody's Analytics.
In Germany, months of political deadlock were broken Sunday when the center-left Social Democrats voted to begin formal coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right party, a move that brings a new Merkel-led administration closer to reality.
2. Netflix reports earnings: The online streaming giant will release earnings for the quarter ended December after the close on Monday, revealing the impact of its most recent increase in subscription prices. Netflix raised the cost of its standard monthly subscription by $1 and the cost of its premium subscription by $2 in early October.
The company behind hit shows like "The Crown," "Stranger Things" and "House of Cards," added over 5 million new subscribers in the previous quarter and expects to add another 6 million in the three months to December. It plans to spend $8 billion on shows and movies in 2018.
Netflix's stock price has gone up more than 60% over the past year.
Logitech Intl SA and TD Ameritrade are also set to report earnings after the close, while Halliburton and Wynn Resorts plan to release earnings before the open Monday.
3. Pharma takeover: Sanofi announced a deal to buy biotech firm Bioverativ for $11.6 billion. The French pharmaceutical group will pay $105 in cash for each share of Bioverativ, which specializes in treatments of hemophilia and other rare blood disorders.
The agreed offer represents a 64% premium over Bioverativ's closing price on Friday.
"Together, we have a great opportunity to bring innovative medicines to patients worldwide," Sanofi CEO Olivier Brandicourt said in a statement.
Sanofi shares dropped more than 3% in in Paris on Monday morning.
The S&P 500 and Nasdaq both ended the week at record highs, while the Dow gained 54 points to close near an all-time high.
GE, one of America's most iconic companies, had its worst week since March 2009 after plunging 13%. The firm will report its latest earnings on Wednesday.
5. Coming this week:
Monday -- Netflix earnings.
Tuesday -- Procter & Gamble, Verizon, United, Johnson & Johnson earnings; Davos starts; NAFTA talks resume.
Wednesday -- Comcast, Ford, GE earnings.
Thursday -- American Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest, Caterpillar, Intel, Starbucks earnings.
Friday -- Honeywell earnings, Q4 GDP.
- Shutdown continues; Netflix earnings; Pharma takeover
- Iran decision; Disney earnings; Big pharma deal
- Stocks on a roll; Chinese takeover blocked; Coca-Cola earnings
- Government shutdown stalemate continues
- China GDP; U.S. shutdown threat; IBM earnings
- Shutdown looms; IBM drops; Schlumberger earnings
- Netflix earnings; WPP CEO out; More Russia sanctions;
- Earnings boost; Netflix is on fire; Saudi Arabia isolated
- Twitter is soaring as takeover talk resurfaces