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BC-Money & Markets Digest

April 16, 2019

Money & Markets modules for Wednesday, April 17

TODAY

The Federal Reserve issues its latest monthly snapshot of economic conditions around the country. The Commerce Department reports its February tally of the nation’s trade deficit. PepsiCo serves up quarterly results.

SPOTLIGHT

Investors welcomed Caesars Entertainment’s choice for new CEO, a Las Vegas Strip veteran who’s previously worked for the company’s major shareholder, Carl Icahn.

CENTERPIECE

Claiming aid

The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid is at an almost 50 year low, but the decline isn’t due solely to the tight job market: states are making it harder to qualify for benefits and cutting their duration.

STORY STOCKS

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)

WestRock (WRK)

Scientific Games (SGMS)

JB Hunt Transport Services (JBHT)

Progressive (PGR)

Omnicom (OMC)

BlackRock (BLK)

Wave Life Sciences (WVE)

FUND FOCUS

ClearBridge Aggressive Growth (SHRAX)

This fund can “look out of step at times,” Morningstar says, but its “differentiated process and long-tenured leadership give it an edge.”

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