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U.S Futures Lower For Third Day as Geopolitical Risks, Profit-Taking Lingers

U.S Futures Lower For Third Day as Geopolitical Risks, Profit-Taking Lingers

Finance
Shutterstock photoU.S. stock futures were trading lower for a third straight day as geopolitical tensions between the U.S. and North Korea dampened investor's appetite for risk and overshadowed upbeat corporate earnings from Macy's ( M ), 21st Century Fox ( FOXA ) and Kohl's ( KSS ).Unnerved by Pyongyang's latest threat to fire ballistic missiles at a U.S. territory by the middle of August, global investors sold equity assets and rotated into safe-havens like the U.S. 10-year Treasury note, gold, the Japanese yen and Swiss franc. The rotation is being amplified by profit-taking in most sectors with the notable exception of defense stocks with shares of Lockheed Martin ( LMT ), Ratheon ( RTN ) and Northrup Grumman (NOC) set to open at record highs.A contraction in producer prices -- an...
Prenatal exposure to fire retardants linked to lower IQs in children, review says

Prenatal exposure to fire retardants linked to lower IQs in children, review says

Health
SATURDAY, Aug. 5, 2017 -- Exposure to certain flame-retardant chemicals in pregnancy may be linked to lower intelligence in children, a new research review suggests.The synthetic chemicals are known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers or PBDEs. Although phased out in manufacturing in the United States, they remain in many products, including old couches and other household items, building materials and electronics, the researchers said.Together, the studies reviewed suggested that IQs dip by 3.7 points for every 10-fold increase in prenatal exposure to these flame retardants."Even the loss of a few IQ points on a population-wide level means more children who need early interventions, and families who may face personal and economic burdens for the rest of their lives," said study co-author Tr...