2. -- The economic calendar in the U.S. Friday is bare.
3. -- U.S. stocks on Thursday finished with losses. The S&P 500 lost 0.7% to close at 1,541.61.
4. -- One of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing is dead after the killing of a university officer and a shootout with police, and a massive manhunt is underway for the other, authorities said early Friday.
5. -- General Electric ( GE) posted first-quarter adjusted earnings on Friday of 35 cents a share, in-line with analysts' estimates.
6. -- Blackstone ( BX) ended its pursuit of Dell ( DELL), three people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The move by Blackstone eases the way for founder Michael Dell and his private-equity partner Silver Lake to take Dell private in a $24.4 billion deal.
7. -- Hamburger chain McDonald's ( MCD) is expected by Wall Street on Friday to post first-quarter earnings of $1.27 a share on revenue of $6.59 billion.
8. -- IBM ( IBM) missed Wall Street's top- and bottom-line estimates in its first-quarter results as a weak Japanese yen weighed down profits.
10. -- Microsoft ( MSFT), the software giant, booked a double-digit jump in fiscal third-quarter earnings following a surge in sales at its Windows division. The company also said Chief Financial Officer Peter Klein will be leaving Microsoft at the end of the current fiscal year, after nearly four years in the role and 11 years at the company. Microsoft will be naming a new CFO from its finance leadership team in the next several weeks.
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