JPMorgan CEO and Business Roundtable chairman Jamie Dimon. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Chief executives are still optimistic about the economy, but uncertainty (and in some cases, negative effects) from the trade war are weighing on sentiment, according to the Business Roundtable's most recent economic outlook survey of 141 CEOs.

Why it matters: More than half of the CEOs surveyed said the tariffs and uncertainty about the Trump administration's coming trade actions would negatively impact capital investment decisions. Last month, hundreds of companies warned the administration about the potentially damaging effects of the most recent round of tariffs against China.

Survey details:

  • The Business Roundtable's CEO economic outlook index declined slightly from the second quarter, but is still the 5th highest in its 16-year history.
  • CEOs project 2.8% GDP growth for 2018, up from the 2.7% estimate last quarter.
  • 87% of CEOs surveyed expect their respective company's sales to increase within the next 6 months, rising slightly from last quarter.

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Deadly storm Zeta pummels parts of Alabama and Florida

A satellite image of Hurricane Zeta. Photo: National Hurricane Center/NOAA

Former Hurricane Zeta has killed at least one person after a downed power line electrocuted a 55-year-old in Louisiana as the storm's powerful winds and heavy rainfall moved into Alabama overnight.

What's happening: After "battering southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi," Zeta weakened to a tropical storm over central Alabama early on Thursday, per the National Hurricane Center.

Taiwan reaches a record 200 days with no local coronavirus cases

Catholics go through containment protocols including body-temperature measurement and hands-sanitisation before entering the Saint Christopher Parish Church, Taipei City, Taiwan, in July. Photo: Ceng Shou Yi/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Taiwan on Thursday marked no locally transmitted coronavirus cases for 200 days, as the island of 23 million people's total number of infections reported stands at 550 and the COVID-19 death toll at seven.

Why it matters: Nowhere else in the world has reached such a milestone. While COVID-19 cases surge across the U.S. and Europe, Taiwan's last locally transmitted case was on April 12. Experts credit tightly regulated travel, early border closure, "rigorous contact tracing, technology-enforced quarantine and universal mask wearing," along with the island state's previous experience with the SARS virus, per Bloomberg.

Go deeper: As Taiwan's profile rises, so does risk of conflict with China

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