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10 most important stories for investors Thursday

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Essam Al-Sudani | Reuters

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

STOCKS/ECONOMY

-Stock futures are flat after yesterday's oil-induced rally. We get another 2nd quarter GDP estimate today along with August trade figures, pending home sales, and weekly jobless claims.

OIL/ENERGY

-US crude prices are down just a bit after Wednesday's rally. Investors still need to be convinced that the OPEC production cut deal is real.

BUDGET WARS

-Congress has passed a spending bill to keep the government funded through December 9th.