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


-Stock futures are flat as we begin the busiest week of earnings season.


-Crude prices have fallen below the $44/barrel mark.

-Gasoline prices are down to $2.16/gallon, national average. That's 15 cents down from a month ago today.


-Police have detained three people in connection with an early morning shooting of 16 people outside a Fort Myers, FL nightclub. Two people are dead.

-Germany has suffered several terror attacks since last week. The latest was a bomb set by a Syrian "refugee" seeking asylum. The explosion only killed the terrorist but 11 others were wounded.

-In another attack in Germany, another Syrian refugee hacked a pregnant woman to death. He injured two others.


-Donald Trump has opened up his biggest lead in the LA Times/USC poll. He's up by 4+points.

-It's been a rough few days for the Democrats as leaked DNC emails have revealed more efforts to weaken the Bernie Sanders campaign, possible campaign finance violations, and some possibly racist and antisemitic chatter. DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has had to step down, but her interim replacement, Donna Brazile, also seems to be implicated in at least one leaked email. Politco's headline story says: "Democrats in Chaos as Convention Opens."

-Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook is claiming the Russians are behind the hacked DNC emails and are leaking them to help Trump win.

-Former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg will endorse Hillary Clinton at the Democratic convention.


-Finally announced! Verizon is buying The Yahoo's core businesses for $4.8 billion.


-Nintendo shares are sharply down as investors are reacting to news that Nintendo doesn't actually make the Pokemon Go! game and simply owns 32% of the Pokemon company.


-Tesla is racing to complete its new factory in Nevada so it can meet orders for its new Model 3 in time.