A daily morning look at the financial stories you need to know to start the day.
-Stock futures are down after Wednesday's mixed close. Investors will listen closely to Treasury Secretary-Designate Steve Mnuchin today as his confirmation hearing begins.
-The federal government is suing the nation's biggest student loan operator for overcharging borrowers. And a new report shows data from the Department of Education grossly underestimated the extent of student loan defaults.
-U.S.crude prices are a bit higher today, hovering around the $51 level.