Morning Briefing: 10 Things You Should Know

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Here are 10 things you should know for Monday, March 25:

1. -- U.S. stock futures were rising Monday with investors relieved that Cyprus was able to negotiate a last-minute bailout deal with international creditors over the weekend.

European shares were higher, while Asian stocks finished Monday's trading session with gains. Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 1.69%.


2. -- The economic calendar in the U.S. Monday is bare.


3. -- U.S. stocks on Friday rallied as investors bet that European officials would find a solution to rescue banks in Cyprus.

The S&P 500 jumped 0.72% to 1,556.89. The index dropped 0.24% for the five-day trading period, it's firstly weekly drop in four weeks.

The Nasdaq closed up 0.7% to 3,245. The tech-heavy index dipped 0.13% for the week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.63% to 14,512.03. The blue-chip index lost 0.01% for the week.


4. -- Dell ( DELL) plans to negotiate with Blackstone Group ( BX) and Carl Icahn over new acquisition bids the No. 3 PC maker received.

Dell said a special committee of its board determined the two separate bids could be superior to a proposal from founder Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners to buy the company for $13.65 a share.

Icahn has offered $15 a share for 58% of Dell, while Blackstone has proposed paying more than $14.25 a share. Michael Dell and the Silver Lake group had agreed to buy all of Dell for $13.65 a share.


5. -- Apple ( AAPL) acquired WiFiSlam, a Silicon Valley start-up that makes indoor mapping applications for mobile devices. Apple paid about $20 million for WiFiSlam, according to reports.


6. -- Vodafone ( VOD), the U.K. mobile phone giant, reportedly has been in talks with Verizon Communications ( VZ) over a sale of Vodafone's 45% stake in Verizon Wireless.

Vodafone's stake in Verizon Wireless is valued at about $115 billion.

London's Sunday Times said Vodafone could sell the unit, with a deal being struck as soon as the summer.


7. -- BlackBerry ( BBRY) shares fell 7.7% to $14.91 on Friday, the day the company launched the BlackBerry Z10 smartphone in the U.S.

Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt said despite BlackBerry seeing some positive data on initial demand for the BlackBerry 10 platform, competition is increasing, and fast, from rivals Samsung, Apple ( AAPL), HTC and Nokia ( NOK).


8. -- Boeing ( BA) said Friday to plans lay off about 800 workers this year. The cuts will come mostly from the 747 and 787 jet programs in Everett, Wash.


9. -- Dollar General ( DG), the discount retailer, posted fourth-quarter earnings of $317.4 million, or 97 cents a share, on sales of $4.21 billion, up 0.5% from a year earlier.

Analysts were expecting fourth-quarter profit of 90 cents a share on revenue of $4.26 billion.


10. -- Florida Gulf Coast beat San Diego State, 81-71, on Sunday night to become the first No. 15 seed to advance to the regional semifinals in NCAA tournament history .


-- Written by Joseph Woelfel

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