Updated from 7:00 a.m. EDT.
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Here are 10 things you should know for Friday, March 13:
1. -- U.S. stock futures were down slightly on Friday, as investors anticipated consumer sentiment data and next week's Federal Reserve Open Market Committee meeting.
European stocks held onto recent gains on Friday, aided by expectations that the weak euro will help exporters and hopes that the U.S. Federal Reserve might postpone a raise in rates.
2. -- The economic calendar in the U.S. on Friday includes the producer price index report at 8:30 a.m. and the University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index at 10 a.m.
3. -- U.S. stocks on Thursday rebounded after two down days, shaking off fears about next week's Federal Reserve meeting.
4. -- Financial stocks have now become the strongest dividend-paying sector in the S&P 500. After passing Federal Reserve stress tests, bank stocks rallied Thursday after the Fed permitted seven banks to raise dividends.
The financial sector pays 15.1% of all dividends in the S&P 500, although that's still sharply down from paying 30% of S&P 500 dividends before the financial crisis of 2008.
5. -- Commerzbank (CRZBY), Germany's second-largest bank, has agreed to pay nearly $1.5 billion in fines and fire some employees in order to settle U.S. charges that the bank processed Iranian funds in the U.S., which is illegal. Eight U.S. regulators and prosecutor's offices took part in setting up the case. Commerzbank will not have to face indictments or plead guilty unless it violates the terms of the agreement.
Money laundering and sanctions violations are being met with severe penalties at banks that do business in the U.S., especially European banks. BNP Paribas (BNPQY) settled another case for $8.9 billion recently.
6. -- A bidding war has developed for Salix Pharmaceuticals (SLXP). Both Endo International (ENDP - Get Report) and Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) are seeking to acquire the company, after last fall's unsuccessful bid for Salix from Allergan (AGN - Get Report).
Valeant is four times as big as Endo, and its bid is in cash. However, Endo is offering 11% more for Salix -- albeit in stock.
Valeant stock was down 0.45% in premarket trading. Salix, Endo and Allergan shares were unchanged.
8. -- Crude oil prices slid to a six-year low on Thursday as oil inventories grow. Some oil pundits have expressed concern that the U.S.'s major oil storage facilities in Cushing, Okla., may fill up. Cushing is where oil futures contracts are delivered.
On Friday, Brent crude oil was under $57 a barrel, and West Texas Intermediate crude oil was under $47.
9. -- The market for personal computers is shrinking, according to market research firm IDC. Worldwide shipments of PCs are expected to drop 4.9% to 293 million computers. However, the PC market does seem to be stabilizing after two bad years, IDC said.
Growth in the tablet market has also slowed.
10. -- U.S. household net worth hit an all-time high in the last three months of 2014, according to the Federal Reserve. That adds up to $83 trillion, up 1.9% during the final quarter of 2014.
Americans' stock and mutual fund portfolios rose $742 billion in that time period.