The Power Brief

Didi Chuxing's mobile application.
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A daily morning look at the financial stories you need to know to start the day


-Stock futures are just a bit higher.

-Jeff Gundlach says so many stock sectors look like they're in a bubble that he's holding on to gold and selling just about everything else.


-Crude prices are down and very close to breaking below the $41/barrel level.

-Gasoline prices fell to $2.13/gallon, national average. That's 15 cents/gallon less than a month ago today.


-The Trump campaign is complaining about two of the three debates being scheduled opposite nationally televised NFL games.

-The Koch Foundation is trying to beat back accusations that it's backing Hillary Clinton simply by not helping to fund Donald Trump's campaign.

-Donald Trump's lead in the LA Times/USC poll is holding at 4 points over Hillary Clinton for two days in a row. It had been a seven point Trump lead mid-week.

-The back and forth between Trump and the father of a Muslim American soldier killed in Iraq continues. Trump reminded everyone that Hillary Clinton voted for the Iraq war, while the father insisted that terrorism has nothing to do with Islam.


-Taxi app rival Didi Chuxing is buying Uber's China business in a massive $35 billion deal.

-Tesla and SolarCity have announced their all stock merger agreement.

-A group of Chinese investors including Alibaba are buying Israeli mobile casino gaming company Playtika for $4.4 billion.


-GM's President for North America is not expecting sales to slow down just yet despite some sobering numbers recently from Ford.


-A Russian helicopter has been shot down in Syria.

-German Chancellor Angela Merkel is under fire after the many Islamic terror attacks in that country. Protests are growing in number and a key coalition ally has pulled support for her immigration policy.