Power Lunch Morning Brief

A jogger runs past the United States Capitol building at sunrise in Washington, D.C.
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A jogger runs past the United States Capitol building at sunrise in Washington, D.C.

A daily morning look at the financial stories you need to know to start the day


-Stock futures are down as crude oil is falling again and weighing on the markets. Lots of key economic reports are due this morning including retail sales and the producer price index.

-Gold is now on a mini losing streak; down for the third day in a row and at the $1,232/ounce level.


-Crude oil is down more than 2% right now with WTI at the $36/barrel level.

-Gasoline prices rose another penny overnight to $1.94/gallon, national average.


-Several crucial primaries are today with both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton looking to land knockout blows in their respective marches to their party nominations.

-Donald Trump is first and Bernie Sanders second in a one-of-its kind presidential election survey of U.S. troops.

-The backlash continues after Hillary Clinton's comment that her policies are "going to put a lot of coal companies and coal miners out of business."


-There's been an apparent terrorist car explosion in Berlin. This may have been a targeted assassination.

-Russia is actually pulling its troops out of Syria this morning.

-Kim Jong Un says North Korea will soon begin nuclear warhead and ballistic missile tests.

-A top U.S. general wants to start attacking the Taliban in Afghanistan again.

-Thousands of jobs in St. Louis are still hanging in the balance as the Obama administration still hasn't decided to approve selling F-15 jets to Qatar. The decision has taken 2 years so far.


-GE's Jeffrey Immelt's 2015 total compensation was $33 million, down from $37 million in 2014.


-The expected big shareholder lawsuit over VW's emissions cheating scandal has just been filed.

-And now a former VW employee says the company destroyed evidence and obstructed justice in the case.


-For the first time ever, a senior NFL official has admitted the link between football and brain disorders.


-An economist at the CBO wants the government to start taxing drivers by the mile to help pay for highway projects.

-Google wants Congress to speed up the approval of its self-driving cars.