Markets could end the week on a high note as investors shrug off mixed signals about the health of the economy and corporate earnings.
U.S. stock futures were edging up early Friday.
Dish Network ( reported quarterly earnings with significant increases in profit and revenue. )
Shares in General Motors could come under pressure after a Georgia attorney accused the company of dragging its feet on recalling popular compact cars with a defect that was involved in the deaths of at least six people.
GM ( shares fell in premarket trading. )
On the economic front, existing-home sales for January will be released at 10 a.m. ET.
Business Wire, owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (, said it )would discontinue its widely criticized practice of pumping a live news feed into high frequency traders.
Facebook ( shares edged up in premarket trading, leaning toward another gain after )agreeing to buy WhatsApp earlier this week.
Hewlett-Packard ( edged up in premarket trading after reporting earnings late Thursday that topped analysts' expectations. )
Groupon ( shares plunged after releasing a mixed earnings report. The company topped expectations, but forecast a loss for the next quarter. )
Shares of Priceline.com ( rose in after-hours trading because of better-than-expected earnings. )
Asian markets ended mixed.