NEW YORK (
) -- Here are 10 things you should know for Monday, June 17:
-- U.S. stock futures were pointing higher as investors prepare for a trading week dominated by the
and its plans for the central bank's stimulus program.
Global stocks were rising Monday. European shares gained, while Asian stocks finished the trading session to the upside. Japan's Nikkei 225 jumped 2.7% to close at 13,033.12.
in the U.S. Monday includes the Empire State Manufacturing Index for June at 8:30 a.m. EDT, and the NAHB Housing Market Index for June at 10 a.m.
on Friday fell after tepid industrial output and consumer sentiment reports dampened investor sentiment ahead of this week's Federal Reserve policy statement.
fell 0.6% to close at 1,626.73. The
Dow Jones Industrial Average
slipped 0.7% to 15,070.18 while the
lost 0.63% to 3,423.56.
-- The Fed ends its two-day policy on Wednesday, and many investors will be focused on what Chairman Ben Bernanke might say at his afternoon news conference about the scaling back of the central bank's effort to keep long-term rates at record lows.
Ethan Harris, co-head of global economics research at Bank of America, said last week the Fed really would only begin to taper after strong, sustained evidence that the economy is on solid ground. But even then, the Fed wouldn't suddenly go from $85 billion of monthly bond purchases to zero.
"The Fed will make it
tapering as smooth as possible," Harris said. "There's no rush here."
-- Activist investment fund Starboard Value is pressuring
rather than follow through with its planned $4.7 billion takeover by Chinese meat producer
, according to a letter reviewed by
The Wall Street Journal
Starboard, in a letter to the Smithfield board that is expected to be delivered by Monday, said it has taken a 5.7% stake in pork processor Smithfield and urges it to consider splitting up. Starboard's stake makes the fund one of Smithfield's larger investors.
-- Lumber giant
named Doyle Simon as its new CEO, and said it agreed to buy Longview Timber LLC for $2.65 billion from
Brookfield Asset Management
Weyerhaeuser also said it was exploring strategic alternatives for its real estate company that could include a merger, a sale or spinoff of the business.
, Spain's biggest phone company, denied receiving any indication of interest from
following a report in a Spanish newspaper that the government halted a €70 billion ($93 billion) offer from AT&T.
Telefonica has not received any approach
or spoken or written indication of interest," a spokesman for Telefonica told
said it received between 4,000 and 5,000 requests from U.S. law enforcement for customer data related to national security matters between Dec. 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013.
Apple said on its Web site that "between 9,000 and 10,000 accounts or devices were specified in those requests, which came from federal, state and local authorities and included both criminal investigations and national security matters."
"Regardless of the circumstances, our Legal team conducts an evaluation of each request and, only if appropriate, we retrieve and deliver the narrowest possible set of information to the authorities. In fact, from time to time when we see inconsistencies or inaccuracies in a request, we will refuse to fulfill it," the tech giant said.
-- Warner Bros. "Man of Steel" earned $113 million in its opening weekend at the movie box office, according to studio estimates. The Superman flick earned an additional $12 million from Thursday screenings, bringing its domestic total to $125 million.
-- Justin Rose on Sunday became the first Englishman to win the U.S. Open in more than 40 years.
Phil Mickelson finished second, the sixth time he has finished as a runner-up at the U.S. Open.
-- Written by Joseph Woelfel
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