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%.

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Index Last Change % Change
Dow 16,804.71 -238.19 -1.40%
Nasdaq 4,422.09 -71.31 -1.59%
S&P 500 1,946.16 -26.13 -1.32%
Treasuries 2.40 -0.10 -4.19%
Data as of 12:34am ET
Company Price Change % Change
Bank of America Corp... 16.82 -0.23 -1.35%
Ford Motor Co 14.59 -0.18 -1.22%
Facebook Inc 76.55 -2.49 -3.15%
Apple Inc 99.18 -1.57 -1.56%
Cisco Systems Inc 25.03 -0.08 -0.34%
Data as of Oct 1