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10 most important stories for investors Thursday

The sun sets beyond an oil pumping unit.
Andrey Rudakov | Bloomberg | Getty Images
The sun sets beyond an oil pumping unit.

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

STOCKS/ECONOMY

-Stock futures are a bit higher after yesterday's mixed day. Weekly jobless claims come out later this morning.

-The ECB has just decided to leave interest rates unchanged.

-China's exports improved in August from the decline the month before, but they were still down year-over-year. Imports surprisingly increased.