NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Here are 10 things you should know for Tuesday, Sept. 30:
1. -- U.S. stock futures were rising on Tuesday ahead of data on home prices and consumer confidence.
European stocks were mainly in positive territory Tuesday, as investors welcomed a decline in inflation and steady unemployment in the eurozone two days before the next monetary policy meeting in Frankfurt.
2. -- The economic calendar in the U.S. on Tuesday includes the Case-Shiller 20-city Index for July at 9 a.m. EDT, Chicago PMI for September at 9:45 a.m., and consumer confidence for September at 10 a.m.
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3. -- U.S. stocks on Monday settled in the red as the S&P 500
The S&P 500 dipped 0.25% to 1,977.80, extending its September decline to 1.3%. The broad market index hasn't had a negative month since losing 0.1% in March. The Dow Jones Industrial Average
4. -- Apple (AAPL) said Tuesday the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus would go on sale in China on Oct. 17.
Apple received approval from China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology after it promised never to install "backdoors" to give other governments access to users' information.
Approval for use of the iPhone 6 on Chinese networks was granted after the tech giant "promised 'it never constructed a so-called 'backdoor' for any government entity of any country in any product or service,' and moreover 'never will'," the Chinese regulator said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the European Union's competition watchdog said tax rebates that Ireland granted Apple appear to amount to illegal state aid and may have to be recouped.
In a letter to the Irish government published Tuesday, the 28-nation bloc's executive commission said the tax treatment granted to the tech giant raises "doubts about the compatibility" with EU law.
Chief Financial Officer Bob Shanks said record profits in North America aren't enough to offset trouble in South America, where the automaker expects to lose $1 billion this year, and Russia, where falling sales and the rapid deterioration of the ruble took the company by surprise. Warranty costs -- including a $500 million charge for last week's recall of 850,000 vehicles for defective air bags -- are also higher than expected.
Shanks said Ford expects a pretax profit of $8.5 billion to $9.5 billion in 2015, based partly upon an expected recovery in South America and improvement in warranty costs. The company also plans fewer vehicle introductions in 2015, which will cut costs. Ford said it would introduce 23 vehicles worldwide this year; it plans to introduce 16 next year.
6. -- Softbank's discussions to acquire DreamWorks Animation (DWA) have cooled, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
It wasn't immediately clear what had happened between Saturday, when the talks were under way, and Monday. It remained possible that negotiations could restart, two of the people told the Journal. The two sides could ultimately strike a deal other than an outright takeover, perhaps some kind of content partnership, one of the people said.
Shares of DreamWorks, which soared 26% on Monday, tumbled in after-hours trading following the Journal report.
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