NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Here are 10 things you should know for Thursday, Oct. 24:
1.-- U.S. stock futures were rising Thursday following a report that said manufacturing in China rose to a seven-month high in October.
European stocks were trading higher. Asian shares ended Thursday's session mostly lower but Japan's Nikkei 225 index bucked the trend and rose 0.4%.
2.-- The economic calendar in the U.S. Thursday includes weekly initial jobless claims at 8:30 a.m. EDT, the trade balance for August at 8:30 a.m., and new-home sales for September at 10 a.m.
3.--U.S. stocks closed lower Wednesday as Caterpillar (CAT), the construction and mining equipment leader, posted earnings that fell short of expectations and China, the world's second-largest economy, revealed a spate of bad business loans.
4.-- Amazon.com (AMZN - Get Report), the world's largest online retailer, is expected by analysts after Thursday's closing bell to report a third-quarter loss of 9 cents a share on revenue of $16.76 billion.
Amazon posted a year-earlier loss of $274 million, or 60 cents a share, which included a loss of 37 cents related to its investment in LivingSocial.
(T - Get Report) third-quarter earnings topped Wall Street earnings estimates, aided by the strength in smartphone sales.
AT&T earned 66 cents a share on revenue of $32.16 billion, excluding gains from spectrum sales. Analysts were expecting profit of 65 cents a share on sales of $32.19 billion.
McKesson signed an agreement Thursday with German company Haniel to acquire its 50.01% stake in Celesio and is making an offer to other shareholders at 23 euros a share. The offer represents a 5.8% premium to Celesio's closing share price on Wednesday. Celesio of Stuttgart, Germany, has about 38,000 employees, operates in 14 countries, runs 2,200 pharmacies and posted revenue of 22.3 billion euros (about $29.5 billion) in 2012. 10.-- The Boston Red Sox topped the St. Louis Cardinals, 8-1, in the first game of the World Series. Game 2 is Thursday night. -- Written by Joseph Woelfel To contact the writer of this article, click here:Joseph Woelfel To submit a news tip, send an email to:email@example.com.