Here are 10 things you should know for Friday, Jan. 24:
1.-- U.S. stock futures were pointing to a sharply lower open for Wall Street on Friday and European and Asian shares declined on continued concerns over a slowdown in the Chinese economy, the world's second-largest.
Japan's Nikkei 225 fell 1.9% to close at 15,391.56. The Hang Seng Index in Hong Kong declined 1.3%.
2.-- The economic calendar in the U.S. Friday is bare.
3.-- U.S. stocks on Thursday fell sharply as signs of a slowdown in China, the world's second-largest economy, coupled with a mediocre global forecast from McDonald's (MCD) offset data suggesting the U.S. labor market was generally improving.
The S&P 500 declined 0.89% to close at 1,828.46 while the Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 1.07% to finish at 16,197.35. The Nasdaq slipped 0.57% to 4,218.87.
4.-- Billionaire investor Carl Icahn told The Wall Street Journal in an interview Thursday evening that he is prepared for a proxy fight to win two seats on the board of eBay (EBAY) and push the company to split off its PayPal unit.
Icahn told the Journal he expects eBay to resist the proposal, as eBay executives and directors have done so far.
"The company seems to be sort of dug in on the fact they don't want to do the PayPal spinoff," Icahn said. "We hope we don't [have a proxy fight], but if we have to, we will."
Icahn has acquired a stake of nearly 2% in the online retailer. He told the Journal he thinks and independent PayPal could be acquired.
Shares of eBay fell 1% to $54.41 in premarket trading.
5.-- Consumer-products giant Procter & Gamble (PG) said Friday that fiscal second-quarter net income fell 16% as the company faced tough comparisons from a year earlier, the stronger dollar and flat sales globally.