Stocks: 4 things to know before the open

June 19, 2014: 7:42 AM ET
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LONDON (CNNMoney)

The Fed spoke. Markets listened. Now what?

There's still plenty going on Thursday.

Here are four things you need to know before the opening bell rings in New York:

1. Potential market movers -- American Apparel, Amazon, Facebook:

Shares in American Apparel (APP) rose ahead of the market open. The company announced overnight that it fired its controversial CEO, though it didn't say why. Its shares, which topped $15 as recently as 2007, now trade for less than $1.

Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) shares were just slightly higher after the company unveiled the Fire Phone, a high-end, 3-D smartphone. It is the first smartphone Amazon has produced on its own.

Shares in Facebook (FB, Tech30) slipped slightly in premarket trading after an outage that prevented users posting to the social media site "for a brief period of time."

2. Markets edging up: U.S. stock futures were little changed. Gold prices were getting some support. Oil prices were relatively flat despite continued fighting in Iraq.

Stocks jumped Wednesday, driven up by dovish news from the Federal Reserve. The central bank is optimistic about the future of the American economy, but it isn't planning to raise interest rates in 2014.

The S&P 500 closed at a record high of 1,957 while the Dow Jones industrial average jumped almost 100 points to its fourth highest close in history. The Nasdaq finished at its highest level in 14 years.

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3. International markets follow U.S.: European markets were all rising in midday trading, getting a boost from the Fed news. The Dax in Germany and the FTSE 100 in London were rising by roughly 0.8%.

Asian markets were mixed. Markets in Australia and Japan surged by about 1.5%, but the main Shanghai Composite index dropped.

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4. Earnings and economics: A number of companies are reporting results Thursday. BlackBerry (BBRY, Tech30) shares jumped 9% in premarket trading, after the Canadian smartphone maker reported a smaller-than-expected loss.

Rite Aid (RAD) shares jumped. The drugstore chain reported a slump in quarterly net income, compared to the year-earlier quarter.

Kroger (KR) is also expected to report earnings before the start of trading. Oracle (ORCL, Tech30) and Smith & Wesson (SWHC) will report after the close.

The U.S. Department of Labor will publish weekly jobless claims at 8:30 a.m. ET.

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Index Last Change % Change
Dow 17,778.15 421.28 2.43%
Nasdaq 4,748.40 104.08 2.24%
S&P 500 2,061.23 48.34 2.40%
Treasuries 2.20 0.06 2.61%
Data as of 3:59am ET
Company Price Change % Change
Bank of America Corp... 17.53 0.27 1.56%
Apple Inc 112.65 3.24 2.96%
Oracle Corp 45.35 4.19 10.18%
General Electric Co 25.14 0.71 2.91%
Microsoft Corp 47.52 1.78 3.89%
Data as of Dec 18