Oil prices are inching upward Friday after a week of steep losses, including the year's biggest one-day decline on Thursday.

Why it matters: The declines signal jitters about economic headwinds, notably the trade dispute between the U.S. and China, slowing demand growth.

What they're saying: "The uncertainty around trade negotiations is adversely impacting financial markets of all sorts including equities and certainly oil futures," Marshall Steeves of Informa Economics tells MarketWatch.

  • "Without a resolution to the ongoing trade dispute quickly, which now looks very unlikely, oil could struggle to push higher," the London Capital Group's Jasper Lawler said via Reuters.

Where it stands: Crude prices are at their lowest levels in roughly 2 months, with WTI trading around $58.55 and Brent at $67.39.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 4:15 p.m. ET: 32,381,243 — Total deaths: 985,104 — Total recoveries: 22,285,437Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 4:15 p.m ET: 7,015,242 — Total deaths: 203,329 — Total recoveries: 2,710,183 — Total tests: 98,481,026Map.
  3. States: "We’re not closing anything going forward": Florida fully lifts COVID restaurant restrictions — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam tests positive for coronavirus.
  4. Health: Young people accounted for 20% of cases this summer.
  5. Business: Coronavirus has made airports happier places The expiration of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance looms.
  6. Education: Where bringing students back to school is most risky.
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White House pushes to uphold TikTok ban

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The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday filed legal opposition to TikTok's request to delay a ban on downloading the app, with a judge expected to rule before the ban is set to go into effect Sunday.

Why it matters: The White House could have simply postponed the ban on its own for another week or two, as it did last Friday. This move suggests it's seeking to use the ban as leverage in ongoing negotiations.

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Substack and the future of media

Traditional media models, and even some of the digital ones, are either under pressure or outright broken. Some journalists have responded by going out on their own, leveraging a new group of startups that help them self-publish and monetize their work.

Axios Re:Cap digs in with Chris Best, CEO of Substack, which has more than 250,000 paying subscribers on its writer network.

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