Stocks: 3 things to know before the open

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The weather is expected to be cloudy on Wall Street Friday, but markets are looking bright.

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

1. Bright day?: U.S. stock futures are pushing higher, indicating markets could recover after a relatively down day on Thursday.

Over the last trading session, the Dow Jones industrial average dropped by 117 points and the S&P 500 fell 0.5%. But the Nasdaq edged up by 0.2%.

Across the pond, European markets are moving up in early trading. Asian markets ended with mixed results.

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2. Earnings: A handful of companies are reporting earnings ahead of the open, including Tiffany & Co (TIF), Darden Restaurants (DRI) and KB Home (KBH).

Shares in Nike (NKE) are rising after investors welcomed their latest quarterly earnings.

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3. Cementing a deal: After a lot of back and forth, Holcim (HCMLY) and Lafarge (LFRGY) have agreed new terms for a mega merger. Nearly a year ago, the two European cement giants announced plans to create the world's biggest construction materials group.

On Monday, the original deal crumbled. Now the companies say the merger is back on, and shares in both firms are rising. Lafarge stock is up by 3.5%. Holcim shares are up by about 1%.

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