Hello friends and Fortune readers.
U.S. stock futures are trending down this morning, and European shares are flat. Asian indexes closed the week mixed.
Investors are digesting March’s consumer price index, which showed consumer prices increased for the second month in a row, while a few companies are reporting earnings, including Dow stock General Electric [fortune-stock symbol=”GE”], which reported an adjusted profit. Last week, GE said it would sell most of its GE Capital business.
In other news of note, Verizon [fortune-stock symbol=”VZ”] is rolling out a new pay TV plan that allows consumers to choose every month bundles of channels they want to see, a small step in the direction of ‘a la carte’ programming, which means allowing customers to build their own pay TV service, channel by channel.
Here’s what else you need to know to start your day.
1. Finance leaders gather in Washington.
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