A lion seen at the Bronx Zoo on March 22, 2018 in New York City.

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Here are the most important news items that investors need to start their trading day:

1. In like a lion?

Time to wipe the slate clean with a new month. With a bleak February in the books, investors are wondering what March could bring. The Dow is negative for the year after finishing last month down nearly 4.2%. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq are still positive for 2023 despite falling 2.6% and 1.1%, respectively, in February. On Wednesday, investors will chew over more economic data, as well as earnings reports from home improvement retailer Lowe’s and retail chain Kohl’s. Follow live markets updates.

2. General Motors layoffs

3. More retail caution

4. Mortgage demand sinks

5. Rough report for Rivian