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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures at a news conference near the U.S.-Mexico border (background) outside of Laredo, Texas, July 23, 2015.
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A daily morning look at the financial stories you need to know to start the day


-Stock futures are a bit down after yesterday's mostly down day. The private sector August jobs report from ADP comes out today along with pending home sales data.


-Crude prices are flat to down and holding at the $46/barrel level.

-Gasoline prices rose a penny overnight to $2.22/gallon, national average.


-In a move almost no one saw coming, Donald Trump will meet today with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto ahead of Trump's speech on immigration policy tonight.

-Today's LA Times/USC poll shows Trump leading Hillary Clinton by more than three points.

-Now some leading Democrats are pressing the Clintons to cut all ties to the Clinton Foundation.

-The State Department says that 30 of those 15,000 additional emails Hillary Clinton did not hand over to the the FBI seem to be related to the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi.


-Now the EU wants the US and other non-EU nations to tax Apple more too.


-More bad news for Theranos: the company has now withdrawn its request for emergency approval for its Zika virus blood test after regulators found it didn't include the proper safeguards.


-Google is taking on Uber with a ride-sharing/carpooling service in San Francisco.


-Intel says it's new 7th generation core processor is 19% faster than its predecessor.


-Centcom commander General Joseph Votel is blasting Iran's provocative new movements against US ships in the Persian Gulf.

-Sikorsky is officially eliminating 109 jobs in Connecticut now that the Navy has scrapped Sikorsky's contract to make and maintain the Marine One helicopter.