Morning Briefing: 10 Things You Should Know

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Here are 10 things you should know for Monday, April 29:

1. -- U.S. stock futures were higher Monday on expectations that U.S. home contract signings improved in March and that central banks around the world will continue easing measures to stimulate the global economy.

The market was anticipating the start of the Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting on Tuesday. The European Central Bank's policy announcement is scheduled for Thursday.


2. -- The economic calendar in the U.S. Monday includes personal income and personal spending for March at 8:30 a.m. EDT, and pending home sales for March at 10 a.m.


3. -- U.S. stocks on Friday finished mixed.

The S&P 500 slipped 0.2% to pare its gain for the week to 1.8%, closing at 1,583.11. The benchmark U.S. index has advanced 11% this year.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended Friday with a gain of 0.08%, while the Nasdaq slipped 0.3%.


4. -- JPMorgan Chase ( JPM) said one of its co-chief operating officers is leaving the company, marking the latest high-profile departure since the bank's massive trading loss last year.

Frank Bisignano will become CEO of payment processor First Data on Monday. Matt Zames, who was co-chief operating officer with Bisignano, will become the sole operating chief of JPMorgan Chase, effective immediately.

Bisignano is the ninth high-level JPMorgan executive to leave the bank in the last 18 months.


5. -- Herbalife ( HLF) is expected by analysts on Monday to post first-quarter earnings of $1.07 a share on revenue of $1.11 billion.

Herbalife has been called an illegal pyramid scheme by Bill Ackman, the hedge fund manager who has battled activist investor Carl Icahn over the maker of nutritional and weight loss supplements.


6. -- Bayer, the German chemical and pharmaceutical company, agreed to acquire Conceptus ( CPTS), the birth-control devices company, for $1.1 billion in cash.


7. -- Boeing's ( BA) annual stockholders' meeting is Monday in Chicago.

A Boeing 787 operated by Ethiopian Airlines flew from Ethiopia to Kenya's capital Saturday, the first commercial flight since regulators grounded the Dreamliners in January after battery problems.


8. -- Eaton ( ETN), the diversified industrial manufacturer, said first-quarter profit rose 22% to $380 million, or 79 cents a share.

Eaton was expected by Wall Street to post first-quarter earnings of 79 cents a share.


9. -- Hertz ( HTZ), the rental car company, is expected by analysts to post first-quarter earnings of 17 cents a share on revenue of $2.39 billion.


10. -- "Iron Man 3" got a head-start on its domestic launch next Friday with a $195.3 million opening in 42 overseas markets.

"Pain & Gain," was first in domestic receipts with a take of $20 million over the weekend.


-- Written by Joseph Woelfel

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