Here's everything you need to know before Friday's opening bell:

  1. General Mills (GIS - Get Report) said it will buy natural pet food company Blue Buffalo (BUFF) for $8 billion.
  2. Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Co.  (HPE - Get Report) issued stronger-than-expected earnings for its fiscal first quarter and a strong outlook.
  3. Toyota (TM - Get Report) dominated Consumer Reports' 2018 rankings.
  4. China seized control of Waldorf Astoria owner Anbang in major corporate crackdown.
  5. U.S. stock futures pointed toward a higher open.

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