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Morning Briefing: 10 Things You Should Know

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Here are 10 things you should know for Friday, April 19:

1. -- U.S. stock futures were eyeing a higher open Friday, pointing to a rebound after stocks slid to their lowest point in weeks even after bellwether General Electric (GE - Get Report) booked mixed results, and following Microsoft's (MSFT - Get Report) and Google's (GOOG - Get Report) upbeat reports.


2. -- The economic calendar in the U.S. Friday is bare.


3. -- U.S. stocks on Thursday finished with losses.

The S&P 500 lost 0.7% to close at 1,541.61.


4. -- One of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing is dead after the killing of a university officer and a shootout with police, and a massive manhunt is underway for the other, authorities said early Friday.


5. -- General Electric (GE - Get Report) posted first-quarter adjusted earnings on Friday of 35 cents a share, in-line with analysts' estimates.


6. -- Blackstone (BX) ended its pursuit of Dell (DELL), three people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The move by Blackstone eases the way for founder Michael Dell and his private-equity partner Silver Lake to take Dell private in a $24.4 billion deal.


7. -- Hamburger chain McDonald's (MCD) is expected by Wall Street on Friday to post first-quarter earnings of $1.27 a share on revenue of $6.59 billion.


8. -- IBM (IBM - Get Report) missed Wall Street's top- and bottom-line estimates in its first-quarter results as a weak Japanese yen weighed down profits.


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