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April 25 Premarket Briefing: 10 Things You Should Know


Updated from 6:28 a.m. EDT.

Here are 10 things you should know for Friday, April 25:

-- U.S. stock futures were pointing lower on Friday and global stocks tumbled amid mounting tensions in Ukraine.

Japan's Nikkei 225 was one of few global markets to post gains on Friday, rising 0.2%

2. -- The  economic calendar  in the U.S. on Friday includes the final University of Michigan sentiment index for April at 9:55 a.m. EDT.

3. -- U.S. stocks  on Thursday closed mostly higher in a volatile session.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average  closed unchanged at 16,501.65, while the  S&P 500  added 0.17% to 1,878.61. The  Nasdaq gained 0.52% to finish at 4,148.34.

4. -- Microsoft reported better-than-expected fiscal third-quarter earnings and in-line revenue amid a surge in Azure, Office 365 and Surface sales.

"This quarter's results demonstrate the strength of our business, as well as the opportunities we see in a mobile-first, cloud-first world," Microsoft  CEO Satya Nadella said on Thursday.

The software giant posted net income of $5.66 billion, or 68 cents a  share, compared with year-earlier earnings of $6.06 billion, or 72 cents. Revenue was $20.4 billion vs. $20.49 billion a year earlier. Microsoft was expected by analysts to earn 63 cents a share in its third quarter on revenue of $20.4 billion.

Microsoft shares rose 2.6% in premarket trading to $40.89.

5. -- Internet retailing giant  Amazon reported first-quarter revenue of $19.74 billion, a 22.8% increase from the year-earlier quarter. Analysts expected revenue of $19.42 billion.

Net income for the quarter rose to $108 million, or 23 cents a share, from year-earlier net income of $82 million, or 18 cents a share.

Amazon forecast an operating loss for the second quarter as it continues to invest heavily both internationally and at home.

Amazon shares fell almost 3% to $327.20 in premarket trading on Friday.

6. -- U.S. automaker  Ford  missed Wall Street estimates as first-quarter  profit fell 39% due primarily to lower sales and higher warranty cost reserves in North America.

The stock declined 2.8% in premarket trading to $15.87.

7. --  Four major tech companies including Apple and Google  have agreed to pay a total of $324 million to settle a lawsuit accusing them of conspiring to hold down salaries in Silicon Valley, sources familiar with the deal told Reuters, just weeks before a high profile trial had been scheduled to begin.

Tech workers filed a class action lawsuit against  Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe  in 2011, alleging they conspired to refrain from soliciting one another's employees in order to avert a salary war. They planned to ask for $3 billion in damages at trial, according to court filings. That could have tripled to $9 billion under antitrust law, Reuters reported.