September 18 Premarket Briefing: 10 Things You Should Know

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Here are 10 things you should know for Thursday, Sept. 18:

1. -- U.S. stock futures were rising Thursday, a day after the Dow Jones Industrial Average set a new record, getting a lift from the Federal Reserve after the central bank said it would keep interest rates near zero for a "considerable time."

European stocks rose following the Fed statement and as a vote on Scotland's independence began early Thursday.

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2. -- The economic calendar in the U.S. on Thursday includes weekly initial jobless claim at 8:30 a.m. EDT, housing starts and building permits for August at 8:30 a.m., and the Philadelphia Fed index for September at 10 a.m.

3. -- U.S. stocks on Wednesday rallied to record levels after the Fed eased concerns that the central bank could initiate its first rate hike before the summer.

The Dow rose 0.15% to settle at 17,156.85 after knocking out the prior session's intraday record with a fresh high of 17,221.11. The S&P 500  rose by 0.13% to 2,001.57. The Nasdaq  gained 0.21% to 4,562.19.

4. -- Shares of e-commerce giant Alibaba are expected to be priced Thursday after the stock markets close. The stock -- to list under symbol "BABA" -- will begin trading Friday on the New York Stock Exchange.

Alibaba is set to sell about $22 billion of shares, at anywhere from $66 to $68 apiece. It's likely Alibaba will break the record for the world's biggest IPO.

5. -- The fate of the United Kingdom is at stake Thursday as voters in Scotland go to the polls to decide whether to become an independent country. More than 2,600 polling places are open and turnout is expected to be high.

Polls suggest the result is too close to call.

6. -- Oracle (ORCL) is expected by Wall Street to post fiscal first-quarter earnings of 64 cents a share on revenue of $8.78 billion.

Oracle, the business software maker, earned 56 cents a share in the year-earlier quarter.

7. -- A bug in Apple's (AAPL) new iOS 8 software for mobile devices is prompting the company to withhold apps that use a highly touted feature for keeping track of fitness and health data.

Apple said it hopes to have HealthKit apps restored to its app store by the end of the month. Affected apps include Carrot Fit, WebMD and AskMD. Apple didn't provide details on what went wrong.

The iOS 8 software became available Wednesday. 

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