NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Here are 10 things you should know for Thursday, Oct. 8:

1. -- U.S. stock futures were pointing lower Thursday ahead of the release of minutes from September's Federal Reserve policy-setting meeting.

European stocks wavered after German exports slumped.

Asian shares ended Thursday's session mixed but the Shanghai Composite Index in mainland China soared 3% as trading resumed after a week-long holiday.

2. -- The economic calendar in the U.S. on Thursday includes weekly jobless claims at 8:30 a.m., and the minutes from the Sept. 17 meeting of the Federal Open Markets Committee at 2 p.m.

3. -- U.S. stocks on Wednesday took a bumpy ride but managed to close higher,  the day before the kickoff of third-quarter earnings season. 

Markets moved erratically, in line with crude oil, which rallied before slumping on an increase in domestic inventories. 

The S&P 500 rose 0.8%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.73%, and the Nasdaq gained 0.9%.

4. -- Fiat Chrysler (FCAU - Get Report) avoided a strike at its U.S. plants after reaching a tentative labor agreement with the United Auto Workers union.

UAW announced the agreement just after 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, which was the deadline the union had set to reach a new deal or possibly go on strike.

The automaker confirmed it had reached a new tentative agreement with the union but said in a statement that the company cannot discuss the specifics because the deal is subject to member ratification. A spokeswoman declined further comment to the Associated Press.

UAW, which represents around 40,000 Fiat Chrysler factory workers at 23 U.S. plants, said in a post on its Web site that its bargaining committee had "secured significant gains."

Local union leaders will vote on the proposed deal Friday at a meeting in Detroit. If the leaders approve the tentative agreement, UAW will release details and the ratification process will begin, a UAW spokesman said.

 

5. -- Dell and private-equity firm Silver Lake are in advanced talks to buy EMC  (EMC) , The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

The deal, it it happens, would rank as the biggest technology-industry takeover ever, according to the newspaper.

A deal for EMC could be reached within a week, according to one of the people, though it's also possible an agreement won't be reached. The deal currently being discussed calls for the buyers to spin off EMC's VMware  (VMW - Get Report) unit, the person told the Journal.

EMC has a market capitalization of $50 billion, and a deal would likely be valued at about that level, the person said. 

6. -- Hillary Clinton, in a plan expected to be unveiled Thursday, wants to crack down on bad behavior by Wall Street by punishing individual investors, financial managers and traders for misconduct, saying they will be "prosecuted and imprisoned."

Bankers who violate the law would face the possibility of tougher criminal penalties, according to a summary of Clinton's plan that was released Wednesday night by her campaign. They also would be banned from future employment in the financial industry and could find their compensation penalized as part of a government settlement.

Her proposals came just days before the first Democratic presidential debate with her primary rivals. Liberal Democrats have spent months calling on Clinton to take a more aggressive approach to regulating Wall Street. In recent weeks, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has gained ground against her in early primary states with a populist economic message that vows to take on the "billionaires."

Clinton also will impose a new tax on high-frequency trading, her campaign said. The fee would target trading strategies that involve significant numbers of order cancelations, a practice her campaign says makes markets "less stable and less fair."

7. -- AB InBev (BUD) CEO Carlos Brito hit back at SABMiller's  (SBMRY) board following rejection of the No. 1 beer maker's proposal to buy its smaller rival for about $104 billion.

Brito said the proposal creates significant value, and urged shareholders to put pressure on SABMiller's board.

"If shareholders agree that we should be in proper discussions, they should voice their views and should not allow the board of SABMiller to frustrate this process and let this opportunity slip away," Brito said.

AB InBev said SABMiller's contention that the offer undervalues SABMiller "lacks credibility."


8. -- Deutsche Bank (DB - Get Report) , Germany's largest bank, may scrap a dividend in 2015 as its braces for its largest quarterly loss in at least a decade.

Deutsche Bank said it expects to book a third-quarter loss of €6.2 billion ($7 billion) because of a combination of write-downs and litigation costs.

9. -- Lumber Liquidators (LL - Get Report) , the hardwood flooring company, said it would pay $10 million and plead guilty to five violations of environmental law to end a federal investigation into its importation of illegally sourced wood products.

The Justice Department said the wood came from Russia and Myanmar, and that illegal logging in Eastern Russia threatens the habitat of wild Siberian tigers. The DOJ said Lumber Liquidators should have known that the wood was illegally sourced.

10. -- Earnings are expected Thursday from Alcoa (AA - Get Report) , Domino's (DPZ - Get Report) and Ruby Tuesday (RT) .