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Power Lunch Morning Brief

An oil worker stands by a rig near Williston, North Dakota.
Brad Quick | CNBC
An oil worker stands by a rig near Williston, North Dakota.

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

STOCKS/ECONOMY

-Stock futures are lower on lower oil prices mostly. Later this morning we'll get durable goods orders numbers and weekly jobless claims data.

-Gold is having its worst week in four months and is down right now at the $1,218/ounce level.

-The 10-year Treasury bond yield is solidly below 1.9% again.

-The National Retail Foundation expects Easter-related spending to go up by 5% this year.

BRUSSELS LATEST

-The hunt continues for the third surviving Brussels bomber.

-The EU reportedly ordered Brussels to close some of its security lapses a few weeks before the attacks.

OIL/ENERGY

-Crude prices are extending yesterday's slide. They're down almost 2% now and at the $38/barrel level.

-Gasoline prices rose 2 cents overnight to $2.01/gallon, national average.

ELECTION

-A new poll shows Ted Cruz significantly gaining on Donald Trump nationally and Hillary Clinton widening her lead on Bernie Sanders.

-Donald Trump says the migrant crisis in Europe will push the UK out of the EU.

-Dating site Tinder will help you figure out which presidential candidate is right for you.

APPLE/FBI

-Reports that an Israeli company is helping the FBI hack into the San Bernardino terrorist's iPhone have sent shares of that Israeli firm's parent company, Sun Corp., higher by 20% over the last 24 hours.

DEFENSE

-The Iraqi army is starting its push to retake Mosul from ISIS.

-The Pentagon is starting to take control over the State Department when it comes to deciding how to go about foreign military aid.

-A Chinese aviation executive has pleaded guilty to hacking Boeing and other US defense contractors.

-After lots of legal delays, the US Army has finally ordered its first batch of 657 JLTV armored vehicles from Oshkosh.

PHARMA

-Watch shares of Teva today as the FDA has approved its asthma drug for use in the US starting later this year.

YAHOO WARS

-Activist investor firm Starboard is now trying to replace the entire existing board at Yahoo.

TECH GENDER WARS

-Amazon has pretty much achieved gender pay equity. It released data showing it pays women 99.9% of what men get.

PENSION WOES

-Rhode Island's state pension fund is being told to completely pull its accounts from the Luxor hedge fund because of Luxor's string of heavy losses.

FOR PROFIT COLLEGE SCANDAL

-A California judge has ordered now-defunct Corinthian Colleges to pay $1.2 billion to the state Attorney General's office.