Updated from 7:07 a.m. EDT.
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Here are 10 things you should know for Thursday, April 9:
1. -- U.S. stock futures were flat Thursday. Earnings season is underway and investors are still considering Wednesday's big proposed mergers in energy and pharmaceuticals.
European stocks rose on Thursday following modest gains on Wall Street ahead of a crunch Greek debt repayment to the country's international creditors. Carmakers gained.
2. -- The economic calendar in the U.S. on Thursday includes initial jobless claims data at 8:30 a.m., the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index at 9:45 a.m. and wholesale inventory numbers at 10 a.m.
3. -- U.S. stocks on Wednesday closed up after the Federal Reserve's March minutes showed a lack consensus on when the central bank would raise interest rates.
4. -- The minutes from the Federal Reserve's March Federal Open Market Committee suggested that the Fed's major players are still torn about when to raise interest rates. Despite a quite weak jobs report for March, the Fed said it was still considering increasing rates in June. Some Fed officials seemed uneasy about the mechanics of raising rates. Higher rates will likely have a big impact on market movements.
Fedwatchers seemed to conclude that the Fed was still unlikely to raise rates until September, but that it wanted to remain flexible.
Alcoa's earnings report is considered the unofficial start to the earnings season.
6. -- The announced buyout by Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A - Get Report) of BG (BRGYY for $70 billion is being scrutinized by shareholders. BG shareholders were elated Wednesday, driving up the company's ADRs by 27.5%. But Shell investors have been a little more skeptical of the deal, with some suggesting that the price for BG is too high and that Shell's dividend needs to remain a high priority.
Shell offered a 50% premium to BG's pre-deal share price. The buyout gives Shell a powerful position in Brazil and expands its business in liquefied natural gas.
In premarket trading, Shell's ADRs were down 1.24%.
Zynga stock was down 7.24% in premarket trading.
8. -- In the latest big pharmaceutical deal, Mylan (MYL - Get Report) announced on Wednesday that it had made a proposal to acquire Perrigo (PRGO - Get Report) for $205 per share in cash and stock, or about $29 billion. The deal would pay a 25% premium to Perrigo shareholders.
Mylan's bid is at the proposal stage, so investors in Perrigo will need to agree or renegotiate the terms for the bid to go forward.
In premarket trading, Mylan stock was up 0.2%, after a close Wednesday up 14.8%. Perrigo stock was up 3.6% in premarket trading, after jumping 18.4% Wednesday.
9. -- The U.S. dollar was strengthening against the euro and the yen again after some Fed officials indicated they still wanted to raise interest rates in June. In Europe and Japan, quantitative easing will likely still be in effect for years, just as the Fed prepares to increase rates instead.
10. -- Google's (GOOG - Get Report) (GOOGL - Get Report) YouTube online video site will allow users to pay a monthly fee to remove ads, the site said in an email to YouTube's channel owners. The company will also debut YouTube Music Key, a subscription streaming service akin to Spotify. The cost for an ad-free YouTube may be about $10 a month.
In premarket trading, Google's GOOGL share class was rising by 0.21%.