A daily morning look at the financial stories you need to know to start the day.
-Stock futures after Wednesday's modest gains. Initial weekly jobless claims were unchanged at 245,000, as reported Thursday morning. The as the metal is up again to the $3.30 level.
-The number of Americans currently getting Social Security payments has soared to a record 61.8 million.
TAX REFORM RESULTS
-The IRS is clarifying that 2018 property taxes may be deductible for this year's taxes only if they are assessed and paid in 2017.