June 20 Premarket Briefing: 10 Things You Should Know

Here are 10 things you should know for Friday, June 20:

1. -- U.S. stock futures were rising ahead of a day light on U.S. economic data.

European stocks were higher but were losing momentum in trading Friday. Asian shares ended the session mixed. Japan's Nikkei 225 index fell 0.08%.

2. -- The economic calendar in the U.S. on Friday is empty.

3. -- U.S. stocks on Thursday made up for slight losses earlier in the day with the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 ending higher and the Nasdaq off only slightly. 

The Dow rose 0.09% to 16,921.46. The Nasdaq slipped 0.08% to 4,359.33. The S&P closed with its second consecutive day of record-breaking highs, though up only 0.13% to 1,959.48.

4. -- Germany's Siemens (SI) and Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries raised their joint proposal for Alstom following General Electric's (GE) sweetened bid for the French company's energy business. 

The two companies said Friday they were raising their cash offer by 1.2 billion euros ($1.63 billion) to 8.2 billion euros, which increases their overall valuation of Alstom's energy business by 400 million euros to 14.6 billion euros.

Siemens hopes to acquire Alstom's gas business entirely, while Mitsubishi would take a 10% stake in Alstom under their proposal.

GE has bid 12.35 billion ($17 billion) for Alstom's entire power business. GE on Thursday added new guarantees on sensitive concerns over jobs and decision-making, while leaving the cash value unchanged.

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