Here are 10 things you should know for Friday, Nov. 27:
1. -- U.S. stock futures were rising slightly Friday and European stocks traded mixed following a plunge in Chinese markets on regulatory worries.
Asian stocks ended the session with losses.
2. -- The economic calendar in the U.S. on Friday is bare.
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3. -- U.S. stocks on Wednesday closed with small gains in choppy pre-Thanksgiving trading.
The S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average ended mostlyflat, and the Nasdaq added 0.26%.
Markets were closed Thursday in the U.S. for Thanksgiving.
4. -- China's Shanghai Composite Index tumbled 5.5% on Friday after three of China's biggest securities firms said they were under investigation in a fresh aftershock from this summer's market plunge.
Shares in Citic Securities and Guosen Securities fell Friday by the 10% daily limit after both said they were being probed by regulators, The Associated Press reported. A third brokerage, Haitong Securities, issued a similar announcement after trading in its shares was suspended Friday morning. None gave details.
Authorities have detained securities executives, an investment fund manager, government employees and a reporter for a business magazine following the collapse in prices that began in early June. The announcements that brokerages themselves were under investigation represented a further widening of the probes, according to the AP.
5. -- Early numbers have yet to be released on how many shoppers headed to stores on Thanksgiving, but it's expected that more than three times the number of people will venture out to shop on Black Friday.
The National Retail Federation expected about 30 million to shop on Thanksgiving, compared with 99.7 million on Black Friday. The trade group estimated about 135.8 million people will be shopping during the four-day weekend, compared with 133.7 million last year. And it expects sales overall for November and December to rise 3.7% to $630.5 billion from the same period last year.
In a regulatory filing late Wednesday, Disney disclosed that ESPN had 92 million subscribers as of the fiscal year ended Oct. 3, down from 95 million in fiscal 2014 and down from 99 million in 2013.
CEO Robert Iger said during the summer that ESPN had experienced "some subscriber losses" because customers were abandoning cable systems but didn't provide specifics at the time.
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8. -- Federal officials said a company is recalling a vegetable mix believed to be the source of E.coli in Costco (COST) - Get Costco Wholesale Corporation Report chicken salad that has been linked to an outbreak that has sickened 19 people in seven states.
Taylor Farms Pacific of Tracy, Calif., has recalled a mix of diced celery and onion used in Costco chicken salad and other foods containing celery "out of an abundance of caution," the Food and Drug Administration said in a statement Thursday.
9. -- Sumner Redstone's ex-girlfriend filed a lawsuit alleging that he is mentally impaired and unable to make decisions, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The lawsuit raised questions on whether the 92-year-old Redstone is capable of overseeing the affairs of the two media companies that he controls, Viacom (VIAB) - Get Viacom Inc. Class B Report and CBS (CBS) - Get CBS Corporation Class B Report , and whether he should be ejected from the top of his empire.
The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court by Redstone's former girlfriend, 51-year-old Manuela Herzer, painted a stark picture of Redstone's deteriorating health.
Court documents describe Redstone as mentally vacant, unable to speak intelligibly or eat on his own, and prone to uncontrollable crying spells.
A Viacom spokesman declined to comment for the Los Angeles Times.
"This litigation is a farce," Redstone's attorney, Gabrielle A. Vidal, told the newspaper.
10. -- Toyota (TM) - Get Toyota Motor Corp. Report outsold Volkswagen (VLKAF) for the fourth straight month in October to remain the world's top-selling automaker so far in 2015, after sales at the German carmaker suffered following the diesel emissions scandal, Reuters reported.