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-Stock futures are lower after Thursday's 1,361-point gain for the Dow and similar percentage gains for the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq. The major indices are on their strongest 3-day winning streak since 1931, with the Dow up more than 20 percent since the close on Monday. But many investors still doubt the markets have truly turned the corner. 

-Another reason why futures are lower is likely the threat to the coronavirus stimulus vote in the House. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky) is considering objecting to a voice vote, thus forcing House members to scramble to get a quorum back to Washington for a recorded vote. That could delay passage. 

-The yield on the 10-year Treasury bond is down to 0.75 percent, with the 2-year yield 49 basis points behind at 0.26 percent.


-Gold is a bit down to the $1,641 per ounce level. Bitcoin is at the $6,600 level.

-Asian markets closed mostly higher today, with Japan's Nikkei gaining almost 4 percent at the close. The Hong Kong and Shanghai indices closed modestly higher. Australia was an outlier; falling more than 5 percent.

OIL/ENERGY

-U.S. crude prices are up a bit, but are still at the $22 a barrel level after Thursday's losses. 

-Gasoline prices are down to $2.05 a gallon, national average. That's 41 cents less than a month ago today and 62 cents less than a year ago today.

CORONAVIRUS LATEST

-British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for the coronavirus. He has mild symptoms.


-President Trump says he spoke to Chinese President Xi last night and that the two countries are "working closely together" to fight the virus.

-President Trump will hear ideas this weekend from advisers on plans to reopen the U.S. economy.

-Johns Hopkins has released more detailed guidelines for avoiding the virus, including tips on how to handle clothing and information on how heat and the virus interact.

-Hungary has announced a two-week lockdown. 

-Singapore will jail and fine people who don't keep a 1-meter distance in public.

VENEZUELA CRISIS

-The U.S. has announced several drug trafficking and terrorist indictments of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his inner circle. The charges come with a $15 million reward for Maduro's capture.