Stocks: 5 things to know before the open

July 11, 2014: 7:31 AM ET
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Markets appear to have stepped back from the brink after hair-raising events in Europe cast a pall over Wall Street.

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

1) Europe shows resilience: Major European exchanges were all higher in early trading on Friday, bouncing back after worries over a Portuguese bank eased.

Shares in Banco Espirito Santo were suspended on Thursday, but not before they slumped 17%, taking losses for the year to 46%. Banco Esperito resumed trading Friday and said it has sufficient capital to cover any losses.

2) U.S. primed for strong start: Following Europe's lead, U.S. stock futures were all in positive territory Friday morning.

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3) Earnings on tap: Wells Fargo (WFC) will report earnings before the opening bell, giving investors some insight into the health of the banking sector.

4) Market recap: U.S. stocks closed lower Thursday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended the day 71 points lower, while the S&P 500 fell 0.4% and the Nasdaq closed off 0.5%.

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5) Asia unfocused: Asian markets were all over the place on Friday. Japan's Nikkei shed 0.3%, the Hang Seng was flat and the Shanghai Composite added 0.4%.

Markets
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Index Last Change % Change
Dow 18,081.81 57.64 0.32%
Nasdaq 4,786.71 21.29 0.45%
S&P 500 2,087.05 4.88 0.23%
Treasuries 2.29 0.03 1.51%
Data as of Dec 24
Company Price Change % Change
Bank of America Corp... 18.04 0.12 0.64%
Gilead Sciences Inc 92.34 2.89 3.23%
General Electric Co 25.71 -0.17 -0.66%
Cisco Systems Inc 28.57 0.32 1.13%
Apple Inc 112.22 -0.32 -0.28%
Data as of Dec 24