Markets look set to chalk up another week of gains, barring surprises Friday.
Here are the six things you need to know before the opening bell rings in New York:
U.S. stock futures were slightly weaker.
1. Media moves: 21st Century Fox ( has sold its satellite TV operations in Italy and Germany to )BSkyB (, raising about $9 billion in cash as it stalks )Time Warner (. )
2. Sanctions talk: EU ambassadors meet for a second day running to talk about how to escalate sanctions on Russia over Ukraine. A decision is not expected until next week. Russian stocks were down 1%, extending their losses for the year. German business confidence fell for a third month in a row as geopolitical tensions continued to take their toll.
Asian markets ended the week mixed. Japan's Nikkei and China's Shanghai Composite both rose about 1%. Stocks in Kuala Lumpur fell as investors remain cautious after a Malaysia Airlines flight crashed last week, leaving the airline's future in the balance.
3. Company earnings: AbbVie ( will report earnings before the opening bell. The pharmaceutical company announced last week that it will )merge with a company based in the United Kingdom as a way to slash its tax bill.
4. Stock market movers -- Amazon, Yahoo, Facebook: Shares of Amazon (Tech30) fell nearly 10% in premarket trading after the company posted a , larger than expected loss. Yahoo (Tech30) and , Ebay (Tech30) were also weaker. , Facebook (Tech30) gained nearly 0.7% after hitting an all-time high Thursday on bumper earnings. ,
5. Argentina default? Time is running out for Argentina to avoid defaulting on its debt as another attempt to broker a deal with bondholders failed Thursday.
6. Market recap: U.S. stocks barely budged Thursday, ending the day mixed. The S&P 500 closed only about one point higher, but that was enough to notch another all-time high. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nasdaq both dropped slightly.