May 2 Premarket Briefing: 10 Things You Should Know

Updated from 6:33 a.m. EDT

Here are 10 things you should know for Friday, May 2:

1. 
-- U.S. stock futures were rising Friday ahead of the U.S. government nonfarm payrolls report for April.

Economists expected the U.S. to have added 215,000 jobs last month, with the unemployment rate falling to 6.6%.

European stocks were flat. Asian shares ended the session mixed. Japan's Nikkei 225 index fell 0.2%.

2. -- The economic calendar in the U.S. on Friday includes the nonfarm payrolls report for April at 8:30 a.m. EDT, and factory orders for March at 10 a.m.

3. -- U.S. stocks on Thursday closed mixed as a raft of positive economic data lifted sentiment after weekly jobless claims rose. 

The Dow Jones Industrial Average settled down 0.13% to 16,558.87, while the S&P 500 finished effectively flat at 1,883.68. The Nasdaq gained 0.31% to close at 4,127.45.

4. -- Pfizer (PFE) sweetened its takeover offer for AstraZeneca (AZN) on Friday and outlined measures it hopes will ease British government concerns over the deal.

The Viagra maker said it is offering 50 pounds ($84) a share in cash and stock, a 7.3% on its previous bid. The offer values AstraZeneca at $106 billion.

AstraZeneca, which had shot down earlier takeover attempts, dismissed Pfizer's higher bid, saying it was "inadequate."

Pfizer, the U.S. drugmaker, sent a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, promising to keep the country's corporate and tax residence in England and saying the "golden triangle of Oxford, Cambridge and London would represent a vital component" of the deal.

Pfizer shares rose 0.2% in premarket trading. AstraZeneca fell 0.2% to $80.92.

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