Jan. 6 Premarket Briefing: 10 Things You Should Know

Here are 10 things you should know for Monday, Jan. 6: 

1.-- U.S. stock futures were pointing lower on Monday ahead of economic data from the U.S. and after surveys last week showed that manufacturing activity in China weakened in December.

European stocks were flat to mostly lower. Asian shares finished the session with losses. Japan's Nikkei 225 index fell 2.4% and China's Shanghai Composite Index declined 1.9%.

2.-- The economic calendar in the U.S. Monday includes factory orders for November at 10 a.m. EST, and the ISM Services Index for December at 10 a.m.

3.-- U.S. stocks on Friday closed mixed as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke gave his final prepared speech which emphasized that the U.S. economy has made considerable progress since the recovery began.

The S&P 500 shed 0.03% to close at 1,831.37, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 0.17% to 16,469.99. The Nasdaq declined 0.27% to 4,131.91. For the week, the S&P, Dow and Nasdaq closed lower by 0.54%, 0.05% and 0.59%, respectively.

4.-- Congress gets back to work on Monday, and at the top of its agenda is President Obama's nomination of Janet Yellen to head the Fed. A Senate vote is scheduled for Monday night.

Yellen would become the first woman to chair the U.S. central bank. She would become chief on Feb. 1, one day after Ben Bernanke ends his two-term stint.

5.-- Liberty Media  (LMCA) said Friday it would seek to make SiriusXM (SIRI) a wholly-owned subsidiary of the media conglomerate. 

The decision comes nearly five years after Liberty Media -- chaired by John Malone -- took a 40% stake in Sirius through a lifesaving $530 million capital infusion into the satellite radio leader. Over subsequent years, Liberty Media has increased its holding in Sirius as the company rebounded from the verge of bankruptcy, became profitable and generated positive cash flows. Nearly a year ago, Liberty Media built its stock ownership of SiriusXM to a controlling interest.

Liberty Media's offer values SiriusXM shares at $3.68 apiece. Sirius shares jumped 3.64% to $3.70 in after-hours trading on Friday.

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