Morning Briefing: 10 Things You Should Know

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Here are 10 things you should know for Thursday, April 11:

1. -- U.S. stock futures were pointing to a higher open Thursday, signaling that the S&P 500 could add to the all-time high set Wednesday.


2. -- The economic calendar in the U.S. Thursday includes weekly initial jobless claims at 8:30 a.m. EDT.


3. -- U.S. stocks on Wednesday finished higher, with the S&P 500 setting another record high as the Federal Reserve indicated it will maintain its asset buying program for the foreseeable future.

The S&P 500 added 1.2% to 1,587.73, shattering its intraday record of 1,576.09 set in October 2007.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average move higher by 0.9% to 14,802.24 while the Nasdaq gained 1.8% to 3,297.25.


4. -- Microsoft ( MSFT) is developing a new lineup of its Surface tablets, including a 7-inch version expected to go into mass production later this year, people familiar with the company's plans told The Wall Street Journal.

One person familiar with Microsoft's product plans told the newspaper that the 7-inch tablets weren't part of the company's strategy last year, but Microsoft executives realized they needed a response to the growing popularity of smaller tablets like Google's ( GOOG) 7-inch Nexus, and Apple's ( AAPL) 7.9-inch iPad Mini.


5. -- T-Mobile USA raised its bid for MetroPCS ( PCS) in what it called its "best and final offer."

The announcement from T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom ( DT) was made late Wednesday.

Deutsche Telekom said the original offer had T-Mobile USA contributing $15 billion in shareholder loans to the combined company. The new offer reduces those loans to $11.2 billion, "significantly increasing the equity value of the combined company."


6. -- Chevron ( CVX) said Wednesday its oil and gas production in the U.S. fell by 11,000 barrels a day, or 2%, in the first two months of the year compared with the year-earlier fourth quarter.

The oil giant said U.S. production slipped because of maintenance on production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.


7. -- Costco Wholesale ( COST), the warehouse retailer, said same-store sales in March rose 4%, which was below analysts' forecasts of a rise of 5.2%.


8. -- Toyota ( TM), Honda ( HMC) and Nissan are recalling more than 2 million vehicles globally for a defective airbag problem.

The airbags were made by Japan's Takata.


9. -- Pier 1 Imports ( PIR) earned 58 cents a share in the first-quarter; analysts were looking for earnings of 60 cents a share.

Pier 1 said sales in the quarter rose almost 16% to $551.6 million.


10. -- The Masters Tournament, one of the four major championships in professional golf, begins Thursday at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.


-- Written by Joseph Woelfel

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