2. -- The economic calendar in the U.S. Friday includes Chicago PMI for June at 9:45 a.m. EDT, and the final University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index for June, also at 9:45 a.m.
3. -- U.S. stocks on Thursday rallied for a third straight day as U.S. jobless claims fell and Federal Reserve Gov. Jerome Powell said the economy was showing signs of finally turning around. The S&P 500 gained 0.62% to close at 1,613.20. The index has risen 2.6% since Monday though it remains poised to decline 1% for June, which would make it the S&P's first monthly decline since October.
4. -- The Obama administration is assembling a shortlist of candidates for chairman of the Federal Reserve, in case Ben Bernanke won't seek reappointment when his second term at the central bank ends in January, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. There is no front-runner for the job, the people told the newspaper. They wouldn't divulge any names on the shortlist. A selection might not be announced until early fall, the people said. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, along with senior White House officials, is putting together the list. President Obama could try to persuade Bernanke to serve a third four-year term but many of the Fed chief's friends and associates say he is looking to step down, the Journal said.
5. -- BlackBerry ( BBRY) is scheduled to report fiscal first-quarter earnings Friday before the opening bell, with analysts, investors, and media pundits weighing the smartphone maker's longer-term prospects, especially as it relates to the BlackBerry 10. Analysts expect BlackBerry to earn 6 cents a share in the quarter on salesof $3.36 billion.
6. -- Jon Corzine was sued Thursday by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission which alleged that the former U.S. senator and governor of New Jersey, was responsible for the misuse of customer money while CEO of MF Global, which collapsed in 2011. The civil lawsuit filed by the CFTC in Manhattan seeks to restrict Corzine's ability to trade investments and demands he pay unspecified penalties. Corzine faces a lifetime ban from the futures industry.
7. -- Nike ( NKE), the athletic footwear and apparel giant, said fiscal fourth-quarter profit rose 22% as strong sales in North America offset weakness in Europe and China. Revenue in the quarter rose 7% from a year earlier to $6.7 billion. Nike said "future orders," or orders for Nike-branded shoes and clothing set for delivery between June and November of 2013, rose 8% globally and 12% in North America.
8. -- Google ( GOOG) is developing a videogame console and wristwatch powered by its Android operating system, the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The search giant also is preparing to release a second version of an Android-powered media-streaming device, called Nexus Q, that was unveiled last year but not sold to the public, the people told the Journal.
9. -- The Justice Department is taking depositions as part of a probe into a planned merger of American Airlines ( AAMRQ.PK) and US Airways ( LCC), sources close to the discussions told Reuters. The sticking point in talks between the Justice Department and the companies is whether the airlines will agree to sell slots, take off and landing rights, to reduce their dominance at Reagan National Airport outside Washington, one source said.
10. -- In a surprise move, the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday took Anthony Bennett, a power forward from UNLV, with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.
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