I was recently offered a job doing statistical analysis and scientific computing for a financial firm. During the interview process, sometimes I was asked questions like "where is the Dow at today?"
I was just wondering what other kinds of very basic, generic financial news is usually followed daily by finance practitioners. I know that most people are not going to look up the Dow online as a means to get super important business information or anything like that. But it does seem like there's a somewhat common set of things (Dow and S&P, interest rates around the world, treasury yields, etc.) that people keep up on and view as "basic literacy" in terms of finance news.
Can anyone give a good list of the basics like this, or perhaps what different "basics" lists look like to different sections of the finance industry? Are there good, easy-to-read sources that aggregate this information for you so that you don't have to go hunting around for it each day?