Updated from 7 a.m. EDT
Here are 10 things you should know for Thursday, April 10:
1.-- U.S. stock futures were pointing to a weaker start for Wall Street on Thursday as investors began to reassess Federal Reserve minutes which showed loose monetary policy would remain in place for some time.
European stocks were mixed in early trading on Thursday. Asian shares ended the session mostly higher despite worse-than-expected Chinese trade figures.
2.-- The economic calendar in the U.S. on Thursday includes weekly initial jobless claims at 8:30 a.m. EDT, export and import prices for March at 8:30 a.m., and the Treasury budget for March at 2 p.m.
3.-- U.S. stocks on Wednesday closed higher as minutes from the Federal Reserve's March policy meeting indicated some members wondered whether enough stimulus has been injected into the economy.
Gains were sustained throughout the day after bellwether Alcoa (AA) beat Wall Street earnings estimates to unofficially kick off first-quarter earnings season. Technology stocks also buoyed markets as the sector continued its recovery.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 1.11% higher at 16,437.18 while the S&P 500 rose 1.09% to 1,872.18. The Nasdaq gained 1.72% to close at 4,183.9.
4. -- BlackBerry (BBRY) would consider exiting its handset business if it remains unprofitable, CEO John Chen told Reuters on Wednesday, as the technology company looks to expand its corporate reach with investments, acquisitions and partnerships.
"If I cannot make money on handsets, I will not be in the handset business," Chen said in an interview, adding that the time frame for such a decision was short. He would not be more specific, but said it should be possible to make money off shipments of as few as 10 million a year.