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Blue Apron, which makes and delivers premium meal kits, will go public. The price range of the IPO has dropped. Many blame Inc.’s (NASDAQ: AMZN) move further into the grocery business for the pessimism.

All 34 major U.S. financial companies put through stress tests by the Federal Reserve passed. The tests are meant to see what would happen in a new recession or deep financial crisis. One by-product of the success is that banks can start to offer higher dividends.

Office supply company Staples Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) has been sold to Sycamore Partners for $6.9 billion. The firm has struggled through a series of M&A deals and unsuccessful attempts and threats from e-commerce leaders.

Consulting firm PwC issued a report that said artificial intelligence will add $15.7 trillion to the global economy by 2030. A Bloomberg story about the study explained:

Gains would be split between $6.6 trillion from increased productivity as businesses automate processes and augment their labor forces with new AI technology, and $9.1 trillion from consumption side-effects as shoppers snap up personalized and higher-quality goods, according to the report.

July 11 will be this year’s Amazon Prime Day. According to the company, the sale period will run 30 hours, which will begin at 9 p.m. on the 10th. Amazon announced:

The third annual Prime Day will be Tuesday, July 11, with hundreds of thousands of deals exclusively for Prime members around the world. New this year, members can enjoy 30 hours of deal shopping starting at 6pm PT/9pm ET on Monday, July 10 – and new deals as often as every five minutes. Prime Day has expanded to 13 countries this year, and Amazon is bringing new and existing members in the U.S., U.K., Spain, Mexico, Japan, Italy, India, Germany, France, China, Canada, Belgium and Austria the best deals of the year. Members will find millions of items in stock, including deals from thousands of small businesses and entrepreneurs.

People will need to sign up for Amazon Prime to participate. The program is the company’s wildly successful membership club, which provides free shipping, special deals on merchandise and Amazon’s streaming video service. Prime costs members $99 a year.

A ransomware computer virus continues to hit companies around the world. According to Reuters:

A computer virus wreaked havoc on firms around the globe on Wednesday as it spread to more than 60 countries, disrupting ports from Mumbai to Los Angeles and halting work at a chocolate factory in Australia.

Risk-modeling firm Cyence said economic losses from this week’s attack and one last month from a virus dubbed WannaCry would likely total $8 billion. That estimate highlights the steep tolls businesses around the globe face from growth in cyber attacks that knock critical computer networks offline.

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