Chinese manufacturing and Angela Merkel's victory at the polls leave US stock futures little changed.
US markets are set for a higher open on better than expected data out of the Asian nation.
US markets are set to rise at the open after Thursday's declines and ahead of data on housing starts and a consumer-sentiment survey.
Investors also remain concerned over when the Fed will begin to taper its stimulus programs.
These country-specific exchange traded funds have been killing it.
Aeropostale is upgraded to 'buy,' and Denny's is downgraded to 'neutral.'
An otherwise slow year for mergers gets a sudden and dramatic boost after the Fed Chair said the central bank likely would begin winding down its bond buying.
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The apparel chain takes a hard hit after blaming the weather for its quarterly sales decline. But cold temperatures don't explain the drop in full-year sales as well.
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