It's Thursday, September 12, and these are the stories moving the markets and shaking up the world.
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Trump delays raising tariffs. President Trump on Wednesday said the increased tariffs that were scheduled to hit Chinese goods on Oct. 1 will be delayed until Oct. 15 out of respect for the People's Republic of China celebrating its 70th anniversary. The tariffs on $250 billion worth of goods will jump to 30 percent from 25 percent at that time. Following the delay, stock futures are pointing to small gains ahead of the opening bell.
The ECB meets on rates. The ECB on Thursday cut its key interest rate deeper into negative territory and relaunched its massive stimulus program, citing low inflation. The decision could have implications for the Federal Reserve, which is grappling with a slowing global economy and pressure from Trump to cut interest rates.
Flavored e-cigarettes could get banned. “I just announced with @Potus and @FDACommissioner that we will be finalizing policies that will clear flavored e-cigarettes from the market,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar tweeted Wednesday. The decision comes following six deaths and an increasing number of illnesses related to vaping.
Oil mogul T. Boone Pickens dead at 91. Pickens, who founded Mesa Petroleum in the 1950s, died of natural causes at his Texas home. He donated more than $1 billion to charity.
The NFL may place Antonio Brown on the commissioner’s exempt list. The move would allow Brown to receive his salary, but would not be allowed to participate in games or practice while the league investigations sexual assault and rape allegations against him. Brown has denied any wrongdoing.