Nov. 15 Premarket Briefing: 10 Things You Should Know

Here are 10 things you should know for Friday, Nov. 15:

1.-- U.S. stock futures were rising Friday, getting a second-day boost from comments by Janet Yellen, the incoming Federal Reserve chief, who said the U.S. economy still needs the central bank's support.

European stocks were lower in early trading Friday on continued growth concerns for the region.

Asian shares finished the session with gains. Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 2% while Hong Kong's Hang Seng jumoed 1.7%. 

2.-- The economic calendar in the U.S. Friday includes the Empire State Manufacturing Survey for November at 8:30 a.m. EST, and industrial production and capacity utilization for October at 9:15 a.m.

--U.S. stocks on Thursday rose as Yellen, who is likely to win confirmation for the top post at the Fed, said the economy continues to need monetary support, bolstering expectations for prolonged stimulus measures. 

The S&P 500 rose 0.5% to close at 1,790.62 while the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.4% to 15,876.22. The Nasdaq reversed earlier losses, adding 0.2% to 3,997.74.

4.-- Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway ( BRK.A) disclosed a new stake of 40 million shares in Exxon Mobil ( XOM). Berkshire also disclosed in a quarterly update filing that it cut its stake in ConocoPhillips ( COP) to 13.5 million shares from 24.2 million shares in June.

5.-- Carl Icahn disclosed Thursday in a regulatory filing that he owned close to 3.9 million shares of Apple (AAPL), the iPod and iPad maker, at the end of September, a regulatory filing showed. Icahn's holdings in Apple are valued at more than $2 billion based on Apple's closing price Thursday of $528.16.

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