Morning Briefing: 10 Things You Should Know

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Here are 10 things you should know for Tuesday, March 26:

1. -- U.S. stock futures were pointing to a rebound Tuesday ahead of U.S. durable goods orders and home price reports, both of which are expected to show sizable improvements.

European stocks were rising early Tuesday while Asian shares finished the session mixed.


2. -- The economic calendar in the U.S. Tuesday includes durable goods orders for February at 8:30 a.m. EDT, the S&P Case/Shiller Home Price Index for January at 9 a.m., new-home sales for February at 10 a.m., and the Conference Board's release of consumer confidence data for March at 10 a.m.

Economists polled by Reuters expect a 3.8% increase in February durable goods orders, compared with a 4.9% decline in January.


3. -- U.S. stocks on Monday fell on concern the painful bailout measures forced on Cyprus' citizens and Russian depositors has set a troubling precedence for other troubled eurozone nations, most notably Italy and Spain.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished lower by 0.44% to 14,447.75. The Nasdaq dropped 0.3% to 3,235.30. The S&P 500 fell 0.33% to finish at 1,551.69.


4. -- Boeing ( BA) conducted a two-hour test flight on Monday of a 787 Dreamliner with a redesigned battery system.

The aerospace giant said the flight "went according to plan."

Boeing said it plans to analyze the information from the flight, and if it deems the test successful will take another flight in a few days to gather more data to submit to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Boeing hopes to get the planes in the air in a few weeks. They have been grounded since January after the lithium-ion batteries on two planes overheated.


5. -- Exxon Mobil ( XOM) was fined $1.7 million by the U.S. Department of Transportation for safety violations linked to an oil spill in the Yellowstone River in July 2011.


6. -- Sonic Corp. ( SONC), the drive-in restaurant chain, posted fiscal second-quarter earnings on Monday of $3.6 million, or 6 cents a share, up from year-earlier profit of $1.7 million, or 3 cents a share.


7. -- Ford ( F) CEO Alan Mulally told Bloomberg TV on Tuesday that he is concerned about the depreciation of the yen that's bolstering the competitiveness of Japanese carmakers.


8. -- Children's Place Retail Stores ( PLCE) said Tuesday fiscal fourth-quarter earnings declined 1% and it anticipates first-quarter adjusted earnings of 60 cents to 65 cents a share, well below analysts' expectations of $1.20 a share.


9. -- Mattress Firm Holding ( MFRM) is expected by analysts Tuesday to report fourth-quarter earnings of 32 cents a share on revenue of $261.5 million.


10. -- The Italian Supreme Court overturned Amanda Knox's acquittalfor the 2007 murder of her roommate and said she should be retried.


-- Written by Joseph Woelfel

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