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It's been a long week on Wall Street, full of economic data. Today's no exception with the



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existing home sales


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) reports taking center stage. Both economic releases have the potential to shake up the market.

Futures were lately showing signs of a green opening.

S&P 500 futures on


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lately were up 3 to 1518.20, about 5 points above fair value as calculated by

Prudential Securities


Nasdaq 100

futures were up 12 to 3977, about 12 points above fair value as calculated by


In preopen trading on





was fetching a bid of 13 3/4, down from Thursday's closing price of 14 9/16. After the closing bell, the company announced that its president will leave the company. Also,

Texas Instruments

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closed its acquisition of



and was lately receiving bids of 67 1/2, down from its closing price of 69 5/8.

In other moves on Instinet,



was up 3/16, trading at 140, and



was lately off 21/32 to 9.

Europe's major indices were higher at midsession, with France's

CAC 40

up 2.1%, Germany's

Xetra Dax

up 1.1% and the U.K.'s

FTSE 100

up 0.6%. Japan's

Nikkei 225

rallied, ending 1.4% higher overnight, while Hong Kong's

Hang Seng

fell 1.2% (see today's

Asian Markets Update for more).

For Thursday's postclose trading, see The Night Watch.