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Here are five things you must know for Friday, June 9:
1. -- U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May will attempt to form a government despite failing to win a majority in the U.K. general election.

May is expected to arrive at Buckingham Palace at 12:30 p.m. London time, Downing Street confirmed after several media outlets reported that she'll attempt to form a government with the support of 10 elected lawmakers from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party. With current projections pointing to May's Conservative Party gaining 318 seats, a tie-up with the DUP would give her the narrowest of majorities in the 650-seat chamber.

The pound, which had fallen as much as 2.25% against the dollar in early European trading -- the biggest single-day decline of the year -- was recently down 1.6% to change hands at 1.2752.
Great Britain's preparations to leave the European Union descended into chaos Friday after the failure of May to secure a majority win in the election she called in order to strengthen her hand in upcoming negotiations with the EU. 
Talks with officials in Brussels are scheduled to begin on June 19 in an effort to address the political, economic and social issues the two sides will need to agree upon in order for Britain to leave the EU by its self-imposed 2019 deadline.

Germany's Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Roth told domestic television that "regardless of the question of who will form a government in Britain, time is ticking," adding that "we have less than two years to negotiate the exit, so we should not waste any time now." 

2. -- U.S. stock futures were rising Friday and European shares traded higher following the surprise vote in the U.K. and a day after former FBI Director James Comey testified before Congress as part of the investigation into Russian meddling into the 2016 presidential election.
Wall Street was riveted during Comey's testimony but did, however, manage to finish the session with slight gains. 
The S&P 500 rose 0.03%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.04%, and the Nasdaq rose 0.39% to finish at a new record high of 6,321.76.
In comments to the Senate, Comey said, "I take the president at his word I was fired because of the Russia investigation." When asked, Comey said he had "no doubt" that Russian government officials had attempted to interfere in the 2016 election. He also called Trump a liar and said the version of events the White House had pushed in the wake of his surprise firing were an effort to defame him.
"The administration then chose to defame me and more importantly the FBI, by saying the organization was poorly led," Comey said, referring to the White House's story that the FBI had been unhappy with his role as director. "Those were lies, plain and simple."
However, Comey refrained from calling Donald Trump's request to drop the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn an attempt to obstruct justice -- he said it was not "for me to say" what Trump's intent was, though he did find the request "very disturbing."
Trump's outside counsel on Thursday responded to Comey's testimony by criticizing his leak of internal memos. Marc Kasowitz said in a statement that Comey had "admitted" to sharing his memo with a friend who then leaked it to the press. Kasowitz also said that Trump didn't pressure Comey.
Trump tweeted on Friday:

Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication...and WOW, Comey is a leaker!

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2017
For Friday, the economic calendar in the U.S. includes Wholesale Trade for April at 10 a.m. EDT, and the weekly Baker Hughes Rig Count at 1 p.m.

Terms of the transaction weren't disclosed.

SoftBank shares surged 7.43% in Tokyo on Friday.

The deal aligns with SoftBank's push into "paradigm-shifting technologies and its vision of catalyzing the next wave of smart robotics," the Tokyo-based company said.

Boston Dynamics' robots can run, jump and climb stairs, with the company's CEO Marc Raibert describing them as "nightmare inducting."

SoftBank is one of the companies behind a robot called Pepper, which is said to be the world's first robot to read human emotions.

"Today, there are many issues we still cannot solve by ourselves with human capabilities. Smart robotics are going to be a key driver of the next stage of the Information Revolution, and Marc and his team at Boston Dynamics are the clear technology leaders in advanced dynamic robots," SoftBank Chairman and CEO Masayoshi Son said in a statement.

As part of the deal, SoftBank also is buying from Alphabet a company called Schaft that develops humanoids and came out of the University of Tokyo.

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4. -- Ford (F - Get Report) has started offering buyouts to 15,000 salaried employees in North America and Asia as part of its effort to reduce its global workforce by 1,400, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Workers are being offered voluntary buyout packages that range from three months' pay to 18 months' pay, according to a Ford spokesman. The amount of the offer depends on how long the employee has worked for Ford, the person's salary, position and other benefits.

Under pressure from shareholders to boost its share price, Ford announced plans last month to trim its salaried workforce. Last month, Ford hired Jim Hackett as CEO to replace the retiring Mark Fields, who retired.

5. -- Taylor Swift's full catalog will return to all streaming platforms, including Spotify and Pandora (P) , on Friday. 

Swift's five albums, including 1989, also will be available on Tidal, Amazon (AMZN - Get Report) and other streaming platforms, a Swift representative said, the Associated Press reported.

Swift removed her music from Spotify in 2014 around the release of 1989. No streaming service besides Apple Music was able to stream it. Swift allowed Apple (AAPL - Get Report) to stream it after the music platform decided to pay artists royalties during its free three-month trial, the AP noted.

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