2. -- The economic calendar in the U.S. Friday is bare.
3. -- U.S. stocks on Thursday stumbled on lackluster economic data from the eurozone and softer-than-expected results from the latest U.S. economic indicators. The S&P 500 declined 0.83% to 1,545.80. The Nasdaq slumped 0.97% to 3,222.60 while the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.62% to 14,421.49.
4. -- Nike ( NKE), the shoe and apparel maker, said Thursday that third-quarter earnings jumped, topping the expectations of Wall Street analysts. Earnings for the quarter were $662 million, or 73 cents a share, up from year-earlier profit of $569 million, or 61 cents a share. Analysts were looking for earnings of 67 cents a share. Revenue rose 9% to $6.19 billion; analysts forecast sales of $6.2 billion. Nike said revenue in North America, which accounts for 40% of its sales, rose 18% to $2.55 billion.
5. -- Tiffany ( TIF), the upscale jewelry retailer, posted fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $179.6 million, or $1.40 a share, up slightly from earnings of $178.4 million, or $1.39 a share, a year earlier. Analysts were expecting earnings of $1.36 a share. Sales rose to $1.24 billion from $1.19 billion a year earlier; analysts forecast sales of $1.25 billion. Tiffany said Friday it expects that net sales in the current fiscal year will increase 6% to 8%.
6. -- Friday marks the end of a 45-day period that Dell's ( DELL) board set to allow for offers that might top a deal reached in February to sell the PC maker to CEO Michael Dell and a group of investors for $24.4 billion. Blackstone Group ( BX) is emerging as the most likely candidate to trump the current bid of $13.65 a share, The Associated Press reported Friday.
8. -- Micron Technology ( MU) posted a loss in its fiscal second quarter of $286 million, or 28 cents a share, as revenue rose 3% to $2.08 billion. Analysts were looking for a quarterly loss of 20 cents a share on revenue of $1.92 billion.
9. -- Acura, the luxury brand of Honda ( HMC), is voluntarily recalling 76,000 model-year 2004-2008 TSX sedans in 22 states and Washington, D.C. The recall, for cars in mostly cold-weather states, is being made because corrosion could cause the cars to stall.
10. -- Harvard, the No. 14 seed in the West region, beat No. 3 New Mexico on Thursday, 68-62, in the first big upset of the NCAA tournament.
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