) -- Here are 10 things you should know for Wednesday, May 29:



U.S. stock futures

were slipping Wednesday as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development issued a pessimistic economic forecast for the eurozone and China but was more upbeat about the U.S., as investors braced for a tapering of

Federal Reserve

stimulus amid signs of domestic improvements.


-- The

economic calendar

in the U.S. Wednesday is light.



U.S. stocks

on Tuesday rose, bouncing back after last week's first weekly decline in five following a report that reaffirmed improvements in U.S. home values and data that showed better-than-expected consumer confidence in the economic recovery.


S&P 500

gained 0.63% to 1,660.06.




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CEO Tim Cook told a conference Tuesday that the iPod and iPhone maker was "incredibly interested" in wearable computers.

"It's an area where it's ripe for exploration. It could be a profound area," Cook said at a conference sponsored by the

All Things Digital

technology blog.

"It's ripe for us all getting excited about. I think there will be tons of companies playing in this," Cook said.

Rumors have circulated this year that


is developing and testing a "smart watch" type of device which will run on Apple's iOS software. Cook didn't say at the conference whether Apple was working on any wearable products.




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and Japan's


reached an

agreement in principle

with the U.S. government on a plan designed to protect national security as the two companies seek to close their $20 billion takeover deal,

The Wall Street Journal

reported, citing people familiar with the matter.




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said it will stop making its Livestrong line of apparel after the 2013 holiday season, in the latest fallout from the doping scandal of former cyclist Lance Armstrong.


-- Scott London, a former partner at accounting firm


, agreed to plead guilty Tuesday to a securities fraud charge that carries a maximum 20-year prison term.

He's scheduled to appear in court Friday.


-- The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Wednesday that protracted economic weakness in Europe "could evolve into stagnation with negative implications for the global economy."

The OECD again slashed its forecast for the 17 European Union countries that use the euro, saying it will shrink by 0.6% this year, after a 0.5% drop in 2012.

The U.S. economy will continue to outpace Europe, the OECD said, with growth of 1.9% in 2013 and 2.8% in 2014.



Smithfield Foods



close to a deal

to be bought for $4.5 billion to $5 billion by Chinese meat producer

Shuanghui Group

, the



The sale of Smithfield Foods could be announced as soon as Wednesday morning.



Michael Kors


is forecast to report fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of 39 cents a share.

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