Stocks: 4 things to know before the open

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There's a ton happening this morning.

Let's get straight to it.

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

1. Potential market movers -- McDonald's and Apple: Shares in McDonald's (MCD) could be on the move Monday as the fast food giant prepares to unveil a turnaround plan.

Shares in Apple (AAPL) look poised to inch higher at the open. This comes after influential activist investor Carl Icahn continued to act as a cheerleader for the company during a weekend television interview on "Wall Street Week". Icahn praised the company and said the firm's shares looked undervalued compared to the rest of the market.

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2. Earnings: Comcast (CCV) is reporting first-quarter earnings ahead of the open. This comes after the collapse of its $45 billion takeover bid for Time Warner Cable (TWC).

MGM Resorts (MGM) is also reporting earnings before the bell, along with Tyson Foods (TSN).

Denny's (DENN) will report after the close.

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3. Stock market overview: U.S. stock futures are looking solid ahead of the open.

European markets are mostly moving higher in early trading. However, the FTSE 100 in London is closed for a long weekend holiday.

Meanwhile, most Asian markets ended with gains.

Looking back at Friday, U.S. stocks made some healthy gains. The Dow Jones industrial average rose by 184 points, the S&P 500 shot up by 1.1% and the Nasdaq closed with a 1.3% gain.

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4. Economics: The U.S. government will report monthly factory orders at 10 a.m. ET.

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