Stock futures trade cautiously ahead of infrastructure plan

Desy Papper

U.S. equity futures were trading cautiously ahead of the release of President Biden’s proposals for spending perhaps even more than $2 trillion on infrastructure and other measures to help the economy and environment.

Investors will also get to examine the first labor-related report of the week leading to Friday’s release of the monthly employment report.


The major futures indexes are trading mixed with the Nasdaq showing a 0.6% gain.

The payroll

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Tania Abbatello: Merging Biology and a Business Background

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03/31/2021 08:30 a.m. EST

Tania Abbatello credits growing up in Northford—and early readings of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax—with her lifelong interest in environmentalism. Since then, Tania’s involvement with various organizations has increased as she seeks to improve her new hometown of Clinton as well as the state.

Tania says that she developed an appreciation for nature very quickly, growing up around the wooded areas around Northford.

“I’ve always, always, always been fascinated with walking through the

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Gracell Biotechnologies Signs Agreement with Lonza to Manufacture Gracell’s FasTCAR Product Candidates in the U.S. | National News

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SUZHOU, China and PALO ALTO, Calif., March 31, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Gracell Biotechnologies Inc. (NASDAQ:GRCL)(“Gracell”), a global clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to discovering and developing highly efficacious and affordable cell therapies for the treatment of cancer, today announced that the company has entered into a Manufacturing Service Agreement (MSA) with Lonza (SIX:LONN) for clinical manufacturing of Gracell’s FasTCAR-enabled CAR-T cell product candidates in the U.S.

Gracell is advancing its innovative CAR-T pipeline globally for difficult-to-treat cancers, including its lead program for GC012F, a BCMA/CD19 dual-targeting CAR-T therapy for multiple myeloma. This autologous CAR-T product candidate is manufactured on Gracell’s

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Feds seize $1M, Mercedes Benz in alleged COVID-19 business-loan scheme

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The government is seeking forfeiture of $1.1 million after two Grand Rapids-area men allegedly set up companies to receive coronavirus relief money intended for businesses devastated by the pandemic.

The two “associates,” who have not been charged, allegedly “laundered the funds by disguising withdrawals as ‘payroll’ for friends and family members who were posing” as workers, Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel Fauson wrote in a request for forfeiture of the funds as well as a Mercedes Benz.

IRS-Criminal Investigation is investigating the case.

One of the purported businesses that received funds “had no employees, no business operations,

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Chief product officer Jana Henning on Athleta’s rapid retail expansion

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Athleta chief product officer Jana Henning described 2020 as both “a blockbuster year” and “a rollercoaster.” The company managed to do $1 billion in sales, even with amid pandemic-driven obstacles. 

“I credit our success last year to listening to our teams and listening to our customer,” Henning said on the latest episode of the Glossy Podcast. “We really put them at the center of everything we do, and that’s been good for business.” 

Responding to that feedback meant quickly entering new product categories, including sleepwear and masks, and offering more sizes. As of January 2021, Athleta offers sizes 1X-3X in

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