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Here are five things you must know for Thursday, Feb. 9:

1. -- U.S. stock futures were higher Thursday though investors remained concerned over policy uncertainty from the Trump administration regarding global trade and currencies.

"The political landscape still dominates sentiment as the Trump administration takes shape ...," said Alex Furber of CMC Markets, the Associated Press reported.

European stocks rose while Asian shares finished Thursday's session mixed.

Oil prices in the U.S. were rising early Thursday, up 1% to $52.83 a barrel. West Texas Intermediate crude oil gained 0.3% in the previous session.

The economic calendar in the U.S. on Thursday includes weekly Jobless Claims at 8:30 a.m. EST, and Wholesale Trade for December at 10 a.m.

St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President James Bullard is scheduled to speak about U.S. economic and monetary policy at Washington University in St. Louis at 9:10 a.m., while Chicago Fed President Charles Evans will discuss current economic conditions or monetary policy at the CFA Society of Chicago Distinguished Speakers Series event in Chicago at 1:10 p.m.

2. -- The proposed Anthem  (ANTM - Get Report)  merger with Cigna  (CI - Get Report)  has been blocked by a federal judge as being anticompetitive.

The $54 billion deal has been in the works since July 2015, and the court ruling by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington will cost Anthem a $1.85 billion breakup fee unless Anthem can show that Cigna breached the merger agreement. The judge ruled that the deal violated antitrust laws and would reduce the competition among health care insurers.
 
It's the second big merger of health care insurers to be scuttled following the Aetna ( AET) and Humana ( HUM - Get Report) merger going south via an antitrust ruling in January. Jan. 23.
 
With the Anthem-Cigna deal now history, it's likely that Cigna will go shopping for other deals. In a conference call with investors earlier this month, CEO David Cordani said that if the megadeal ran into a road block his company would look to put its $14 billion of cash to work.
 
Cigna shares fell 1% in premarket trading. There was no premarket action in Anthem.
 
3. --  Tesla ( TSLA - Get Report)  said it would shut down production at its California assembly plant for a week this month to prepare for production of its high-volume Model 3 sedan, Reuters reported, moving the electric carmaker closer to meeting its target to start production in July.

Tesla said the "brief, planned" pause would allow the company to add capacity to the existing paint shop to prepare it for the Model 3, and other general maintenance. 

"This will allow Tesla to begin Model 3 production later this year as planned and enable us to start the ramp towards 500,000 vehicles annually in 2018," a Tesla spokesman told Reuters.

Sources also told Reuters that Tesla planned to begin test-building the Model 3 on Feb. 20.

The stock rose 4.4% in premarket trading.

 
4. -- Leaders from the U.S. airline industry will be meeting with Donald Trump on Thursday, with topics likely to include the president's travel ban on citizens from seven countries and airlines' complaints over terms granted to the subsidized Middle East carriers.
 
It's not clear exactly who from the airline industry will attend the meeting, but CEOs from some carriers, some airport executives, and Nick Calio, president of Airline for America, the industry trade group, are expected, sources told TheStreet.
 
Bloomberg reported Wednesday that American Airlines ( AAL - Get Report) CEO won't be attending the meeting because it conflicts with a company event.
 
5. --  Whole Foods  Market  ( WFM)  fell 1.5% in premarket trading on Thursday after the struggling grocer reported disappointing first-quarter earnings and lowered its 2017 guidance.
 
The company also said it would close nine stores and curtail its expansion plans.
 
Earnings are expected Thursday from  Activision Blizzard  ( ATVI - Get Report) , Expedia  ( EXPE - Get Report) , News Corp  ( NWSA - Get Report) , Nvidia  ( NVDA - Get Report) , Pandora  ( P) , Viacom  ( VIAB - Get Report) , Twitter  ( TWTR - Get Report) , CVS Health  ( CVS - Get Report) , Coca-Cola  ( KO - Get Report)  and Kellogg  ( K - Get Report) .