Stocks: 4 things to know before the open

Stocks up, but earnings loom
Stocks up, but earnings loom


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

1. Stocks to watch -- GE, Apple, Deutsche Bank: Shares in General Electric (GE) have been electrified -- up about 7% premarket -- after the company announced it was selling its GE Capital unit for $26.5 billion. The financial arm of GE was once the largest part of the company.

Apple (AAPL) futures edged down 0.5% on Friday as the long anticipated Apple Watch became available for pre-orders. Apple says the smart watch is likely to sell out.

Deutsche Bank (DB) could be facing a $1.5 billion fine for interest rate manipulation, according to reports. The German lender's stock was up 0.3% in Europe.

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2. The Nikkei's wild ride: Japan's Nikkei briefly shot above the 20,000 point barrier in early Tokyo trading, before closing down 0.2%. The index remains near 15-year highs.

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3. Stock market overview: U.S. stock futures are edging lower.

European markets are speeding towards 15-year highs, lifted by the news that Greece met its IMF payment deadline, avoiding default for now.

Germany's Dax is up 0.6% and the FTSE started the day up 0.3%. Asian markets had another strong day with the Hang Seng up 1.2% and Seoul's Kospi up 1.4%.

Recapping Thursday's moves, the Dow Jones industrial average eked out a 0.3% gain, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq rose by 0.5%.

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4. Oil stabilizes: Oil prices dipped on Friday, with crude prices sliding stabilizing just above $50 per barrel. It has been a volatile week for oil as investors weigh the impact of the Iran nuclear deal.

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