Stocks start August with solid gains, with the Dow rising 235 points

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Stocks started August with solid gains, however. Looks like it could be a tough act to follow. Today, though stock futures are down this morning, but yesterday let's dwell on that a little because it was pretty good. The NASDAQ closed at a record high, boosted by stocks like Apple and Microsoft. At the closing bell on NASDAQ was up 157 points. The Dow is up 236 t S and P 500 was up 23. Oil prices are down a little bit today. International benchmark brand crew, down 12 cents a barrel right now is a 44 03 West Texas intermediate crude is down by a dime. Prices were up earlier in trading because of positive economic news from the US, Europe and Asia. That gave way to worries about rising Corona virus cases globally and oversupply. With OPEC starting to lift output

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