A daily morning look at the financial stories you need to know to start the day.
-Stock futures are higher after Wednesday's mostly flat close. We get weekly jobless claims numbers and trade deficit data later this morning.
-The House GOP leadership now believes it has the votes to pass its Obamacare replacement bill and the vote is scheduled to take place today.
-Apple CEO Tim Cook announced on CNBC last night that the company is starting a $1 billion fund to promote advanced manufacturing in the U.S.