The economic calendar in the U.S. Friday includes the nonfarm employment report for November. Jobs are forecast by economists to have risen by 93,000 last month after gaining 171,000 in October, according to a Reuters survey. The unemployment rate is expected to remain unchanged at 7.9%.
U.S. stocks on Thursday finished with gains after shares of technology giant Apple ( AAPL) rebounded and investors watched the U.S. "fiscal cliff" debates with a bit more optimism. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 40 points, or 0.3%, to close at 13,074. The S&P 500 added 5 points, or 0.33%, to 1,414. The Nasdaq increased 16 points, or 0.52%, to end at 2,989.
A 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck northeastern Japan on Friday, setting off tsunami waves of 1-meter. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damages.
Netflix ( NFLX) CEO Reed Hastings and his company received a Wells Notice from the Securities and Exchange Commission for a social network post.
Palo Alto Networks ( PANW) said Thursday it swung to a fiscal first-quarter loss of $3.5 million, or 5 cents a share, but adjusted profit of 4 cents a share topped analysts' estimates.
Amarin ( AMRN) announced Thursday plans to raise $100 million in debt financing and the intention to hire 250 to 300 sales representatives, in a go-it-alone launch strategy for lipid-lowering prescription fish-oil pill Vascepa. The stock plunged 21% in after-hours trading Thursday.
T-Mobile USA clinched a deal to offer Apple products on its U.S. network.
Google ( GOOG)is wrapping up an auction of Motorola's ( MSI)set-top box business, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people involved in the deal. A deadline originally was set for Friday but it could be extended, one of the people told the newspaper.