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Situational awareness: Chinese and European services data came in better than expected. Investors will now look to the U.S. ISM nonmanufacturing report later this morning.

"I'm not a businessman; I'm a business, man." - See who said it and why it matters at the bottom.

Happy 50th birthday to Shawn Corey Carter, aka Jay Z, aka Young Hova, aka Hov, aka President Carter, aka Jigga.

  • He was "conceived by Gloria Carter and Adnis Revees who made love under the sycamore tree," which made him a more sicker MC.