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10 most important stories for investors Wednesday

Ann Saphir | Reuters

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

STOCKS/ECONOMY

-Stock futures are a bit down as investors start focusing heavily on Friday's September jobs report.

-The bond market is expecting a stronger jobs number as the yield on the 10-year Treasury is almost back up to 1.7%. But mortgage applications rose a strong 2.9% last week when 10-year yields were almost at 1.5%.

OIL/ENERGY

-US crude prices are up 1.5% at the $49/barrel level on reports of more draw downs in inventory. The official inventory report comes out at 10:30am Eastern. 

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