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Putin, FIFA and jobless claims — 5 things to know today

May 28, 2015, 10:20 AM UTC
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(GERMANY OUT) Fussball International FIFA WM 2018 Shake Hand; FIFA Praesident Joseph S. Blatter (li, SUI) und Russland s Prime Minister Wladimir Putin (re) (Photo by Pressefoto Ulmer/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
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Hello friends and Fortune readers.

Wall Street stock futures and the dollar are slightly lower Thursday morning, while oil prices are set to open near a new one-month low of $57.39 a barrel.

Today’s must-read story is by Fortune‘s Kirsten Korosec and it looks at the impending battle between tech giants Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) over in-car control systems.

Here’s what you need to know today.

 

1. Sepp Blatter still has one friend, at least. Spasibo, Vladimir!

Vladimir Putin weighed into the scandal Thursday, blaming a U.S. conspiracy to impose its dominion on the world and springing to the defense of the embattled FIFA President, Sepp Blatter.

2. Weekly jobless claims

The U.S. Labor Department is expected to report a decrease in weekly jobless claims today — a result of the improving labor market. The total number of claims could fall to 270,000 for last week. There were 274,000 filed the previous week.

3. Tech conferences

Google’s I/O developer conference kicks off today as roughly 5,000 developers gather in San Francisco to get updates on the company’s Android mobile platform. Google could also offer some news on the wearable technology front following the beginning of sales for the Apple Watch. Meanwhile, the Connected Conference also begins today in Paris, where various representatives from the tech industry will gather to discuss the future of Internet-of-things (IoT) products.

4. A health check on the Canadian economy

Three of Canada’s top lenders — Royal Bank of Canada (RY), Toronto Dominion Bank (TD) and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CM) — report their second-quarter financial results today. Low oil prices and a stalling Canadian economy could weigh down the banks’ quarterly numbers.

5. More earnings

Teen apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) is expected to report its ninth straight quarter of dipping revenue. The fading company, which has struggled to keep up with some of its trendier rivals, has recently turned to lower prices and increased investment in its outlet locations in an effort to right the ship. Meanwhile, video game retailer GameStop Corporation (GME) will report first-quarter results that are expected to fall short of analysts’ forecasts due to low demand for gaming consoles.