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3 Things to Know Before the Open


Stocks were generally lower in Asian trade. The Nikkei lost 1.6%, the Hang Seng was down 0.9% and Australia dropped two thirds of a percent, but Shanghai managed a slight gain. European indexes are mostly higher on the day, but not by much; the Footsie and Dax are both currently higher by a quarter percent. US stock futures are higher by about a quarter to a half percent as I write.

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