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BC-Business News Digest

August 3, 2018

Here are AP Business News’ latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

TOP STORIES:

ECONOMY-JOBS REPORT-LOOKAHEAD — Optimistic employers likely shrugged off concerns over tariffs and trade wars and added a robust 190,000 jobs in July, economists forecast. The unemployment rate is projected to have declined to 3.9 percent, near an 18-year low. By Christopher Rugaber. UPCOMING: 500 words by 12:15 a.m.

With: ECONOMY-JOBS REPORT — The U.S. government issues the July jobs report. Analysts forecast that American employers added 195,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate ticked down to 3.9 percent. By Christopher Rugaber. UPCOMING: 130 words after release of report at 8:30 a.m., 500 words by 9:15 a.m.

TRILLION DOLLAR APPLE — Apple has become the world’s first publicly traded company to be valued at $1 trillion. The milestone marks the triumph of stylish technology that has redefined what we expect from our gadgets ever since two mavericks named Steve started the company 42 years ago. The achievement reached Thursday seemed unimaginable in 1997 when Apple teetered on the edge of bankruptcy. Then Apple co-founder Steve Jobs returned as CEO and changed everything. By Michael Liedtke. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

MARKETS-HIGH-FLYING PROFITS — Investors came into this earnings season with high expectations. They weren’t high enough. Companies in the S&P 500 are on track to deliver earnings-per-share growth of 24 percent for the second quarter. When the quarter started in April, Wall Street was expecting a 19 percent jump. By Stan Choe. UPCOMING: 340 words, photos by 7 a.m.

MARKETS & ECONOMY:

FINANCIAL MARKETS — A report on global markets, starting in Asia and updated through the close of trading on Wall Street.

TRADE GAP — The Commerce Department reports on the U.S. trade gap for June. By Josh Boak. UPCOMING: 130 words after release of report at 8:30 a.m., 300 words by 9:15 a.m.

ECONOMY-SERVICES — The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, issues its index of non-manufacturing activity for April. By Paul Wiseman. UPCOMING: 130 words after release of report at 10 a.m., 300 words by 10:45 a.m.

EARNINGS:

JAPAN-EARNS-TOYOTA — The Japanese automaker reports quarterly results. UPCOMING: 250 words after release of report at about 2 a.m.

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