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Markets were generally flat on Wednesday, but the Dow eked out a 32-point gain to extend its winning streak to nine days, its longest run of record closes since 1987. The index was led by a 3.39% gain in DuPont, after a Bloomberg report stating that the firm would soon win approval from European regulators for its proposed merger with Dow Chemical.

Technology is ruining autos: J.D. Power's annual dependability study was released Wednesday, and the marketing firm announced that for the second year in a row technology-related problems lowered overall vehicle dependability. Consumers reported that problems with "infotainment" amenities like bluetooth connections or navigation systems accounted for roughly 25% of dependability issues.

French election poses a big risk: So says Darren Williams, an analyst with AllianceBernstein who argues that a presidential victory by the populist-nationalist Marine Le Pen would cause a "severe" market reaction, as it would lead investors to believe a subsequent European Union breakup would be likely. EU fans, however, breathed a sigh of relief at news Wednesday that centrist François Bayrou decided to throw his support to former Socialist economy minister Emmanuel Macron.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7:30 a.m. ET: 11,093,182 — Total deaths: 525,491 — Total recoveries — 5,890,052Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 7:30 a.m. ET: 2,795,163 — Total deaths: 129,437 — Total recoveries: 790,404 — Total tested: 34,213,497Map.
  3. States: ICU beds in Arizona's hot spot reach near capacity.
  4. Public health: The states where face coverings are mandatory Fauci says it has been a "very disturbing week" for the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S.
  5. Economy: The economy may recover just quickly enough to kill political interest in more stimulus.

Kimberly Guilfoyle tests positive for coronavirus

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Kimberly Guilfoyle, Donald Trump Jr.'s partner and a top fundraising official for the Trump campaign, tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday, The New York Times reports.

Why it matters: Guilfoyle is the third person in President Trump’s circle known to have contracted the coronavirus. Vice President Mike Pence's press secretary tested positive, as did a personal valet who served Trump food.

America's exceptionally uneventful Fourth of July

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Amateur fireworks and small backyard cookouts are winning the weekend as the coronavirus takes the flash out of the Fourth of July.

What's happening: Public parades and fireworks displays around much of the country are being cancelled to prevent mass gatherings where the virus could spread. Hot-dog contests and concerts will play to empty stands and virtual audiences — all while American pride treads an all-time low.