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Here are the 10 most important stories for investors Wednesday morning

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley
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South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley

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

STOCKS/ECONOMY

-Stock futures are flat after another record close for the major indices Tuesday. Jobless claims and consumer sentiment data come out later this morning. Investors will also be looking closely at the Fed minutes which will be released live on CNBCs Power Lunch at 2pm Eastern.

-Mortgage applications rose 5.5 percent, last week as fear of rising rates is triggering a home buying surge.

TRUMP TRANSITION

-South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will be named to the post of U.S.Ambassador to the U.N.