Dec. 23 Premarket Briefing: 10 Things You Should Know

Here are 10 things you should know for Monday, Dec. 23: 

1.-- U.S. stock futures were pointing to gains on Wall Street Monday and global stocks were rising amid signs of solid growth for the U.S. economy.

European shares were up slightly in early trading Monday. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index closed with a gain of 0.5%.

2.-- The economic calendar in the U.S. Monday includes personal income and personal spending for November at 8:30 a.m. EST, and the final University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index for December at 9:55 a.m.

3.-- U.S. stocks on Friday rose after data showed the U.S. economy expanded at its fastest pace since late 2011 as consumers pushed up spending, a key driver of U.S. growth. 

The S&P 500 rose 0.49% to close at 1,818.32, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.26% to 16,221.14 and the Nasdaq rose 1.15% to 4,104.74.

For the week, the S&P 500 gained 2.44%.

4.-- Apple (AAPL) and China Mobile (CHL) announced on Sunday the companies agreed to a multi-year deal to bring the iPhone to the world's largest mobile network.

iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will be available from China Mobile's retail stores as well as Apple stores across mainland China beginning on Jan. 17, the companies said in a press release. China Mobile customers can register for phones starting Wednesday.

The iPhone already is available in China through two smaller carriers but the latest deal links it with a bigger network and state-owned China Mobile's marketing power.

5.-- Facebook (FB) begins trading Monday as part of the S&P 500 index.

Shares of the social networking giant rose 0.1% on Friday to $55.12.

On Friday, a secondary offering of Facebook stock was priced at $55.05 a share in a deal that will generate $2.3 billion for CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

6.
-- BlackBerry (BBRY) shares soared 15.5% on Friday after the smartphone maker announced a five-year manufacturing deal with Foxconn.

Foxconn will jointly design and manufacture most BlackBerry devices. Foxconn's BlackBerry phones will be built in Mexico and Indonesia.

If you liked this article you might like

Why Apple Is Increasingly Investing in Its Suppliers, Including Possibly Toshiba

Why Amazon's Reported Smart Glasses Might Be Just a Niche Product -- For Now

Driving This Beastly Cadillac CTS Reminded Me That Sexism Is Alive and Well

PayPal's Venmo Gets Ready to Take on Apple