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US retail sales rose a modest 0.3% in October

AP - 07:55AM CST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans stepped up their shopping last month, spending more online and buying more cars, evidence that consumers can still drive the economy’s growth.

The Commerce Department said Friday that retail sales rose 0.3% in October, rebounding from a 0.3% drop the previous month. Sales increased 3.1% compared with a year ago.

The figures suggest higher tariffs on many consumer products imported from China, imposed in early September, as well as broader trade uncertainty, did not hold Amer... (full story)

Global shares mostly rise on talk of China-US trade

AP - 06:39AM CST
BANGKOK (AP) — Shares mostly rose on Friday after U.S. governments officials said they were getting close to an agreement with China to cool tensions over trade. (full story)
TSN: 90.39 (+0.05)

Esper defends as fair Pentagon contract disputed by

AP - 07:30AM CST
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Friday he was certain that the awarding of a $10 billion cloud-computing contract to Microsoft instead of Amazon was done fairly. (full story)
IBM: 134.69 (+0.69), MSFT: 148.46 (+0.40)

WeWork loses $1.25 billion in third quarter

AP - Thu Nov 14, 03:12PM CST
NEW YORK (AP) — WeWork racked up $1.25 billion in losses in the third quarter as it geared up for, and ultimately scuttled, its debut as a public company. (full story)
 

Powell urges Congress to tackle growing budget deficit

AP - Thu Nov 14, 02:22PM CST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Thursday urged Congress to tackle the growing budget deficit but also underscored the current health of the nation’s economy. (full story)
 

US chickens headed to China after Beijing lifts 5-year

AP - Thu Nov 14, 12:17PM CST
WASHINGTON (AP) — China is lifting a five-year ban on U.S. poultry, a goodwill gesture at a time when the world’s two biggest economies are trying to finalize a tentative trade deal. (full story)
TSN: 90.39 (+0.05)

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S&P 500, Dow and NASDAQ Futures at New Record Highs
IF Fri Nov 15, 08:50AM CST
S&P 500, Dow and NASDAQ futures advanced to record highs today due to positive comments related to the U.S.-China trade talks and strong earnings from the semiconductor industry. (full story)
 
Daily Grain & Cotton Commentary
IF Fri Nov 15, 08:15AM CST
Will decent export sales help support grain prices into the weekend? (full story)