5 things to know before the stock market opens June 18, 2020

5 things to know before the stock market opens June 18, 2020


1. Futures lower after Dow broke three-session win streak

Before Wall Street opens Thursday, the Labor Department is out with its weekly look at initial jobless claims at 8:30 a.m. ET. Economists expect that 1.3 million Americans filed for first-time unemployment benefits last week. While that number would still be historically off-the-charts, it would be a continuation of the slowing pace of claims seen in recent weeks.

2. Chinese expert says new Beijing outbreak under control

A Chinese vendor wears a protective mask as he waits for customers outside his shop in a tourist and commercial area on May 16, 2020 in Beijing, China.

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The chief epidemiologist of China’s Center for Diseases Prevention and Control said Thursday that Covid-19 cases may still be discovered in the coming days in Beijing through testing, but they won’t be newly transmitted ones. The bulk of the more than 100 new cases in the recent Beijing cluster trace back to the sprawling Xinfadi wholesale produce market, just outside China’s capital city. Before last week, Chinese health officials said Beijing had gone 50 days without any domestically transmitted Covid-19 cases.

Hong Kong Disneyland, closed in late January due to the corvonavirus outbreak, reopened Thursday to a limited number of local visitors and with enhanced health measures. The theme park, which reported losses for at least the past three years, is jointly owned by Disney and the Hong Kong government. In the U.S., Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California are set to reopen next month.

3. Six states report record increases in Covid-19 cases

Florida — along with Arizona, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas — reported record spikes in coronavirus infections again this week as most states across America moved forward with reopening plans. In Oklahoma, where President Donald Trump plans to hold an indoor campaign rally on Saturday, the governor asked the campaign to move the rally to a bigger outdoor venue.

4. Bolton writes that Trump asked China for reelection help

National security advisor, John Bolton, right, attends a meeting with President Donald Trump and President of Chile, Sebastian Piñera in the Oval Office of the White House on September 28, 2018 in Washington, DC.

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Trump asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to agree to trade policies that would help with his re-election effort, according to NBC News reporting on a new book by former national security advisor John Bolton. NBC News obtained a copy of Bolton’s book in advance of its planned release on Tuesday. Earlier this week, the Justice Department sued to block the book. The president, just after midnight Thursday on the East Coast, slammed Bolton on Twitter.

5. Fired officer charged with murder in Rayshard Brooks shooting

Former Atlanta Police Department officer Garrett Rolfe searches 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks in a Wendy’s restaurant parking lot in a still image from the video body camera of officer Devin Bronsan in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. June 12, 2020.

Atlanta Police Department | Reuters

Garrett Rolfe, the fired Atlanta police officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks last Friday in a Wendy’s parking lot, has been charged with felony murder, according to prosecutors. Police body-camera and surveillance video showed Brooks, a 27-year-old Black man, cooperating with a sobriety test. But when officers, who are White, tried to arrest him, Brooks struggled, got away with one of the officers’ Tasers. Brooks was shot twice in the back and died. The other officer involved, Devin Brosnan, faces charges including aggravated assault. The charges came as nationwide protests against police brutality and racism were sparked by the killing of George Floyd by a White officer in Minneapolis last month.


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