June 19 Premarket Briefing: 10 Things You Should Know
Here are 10 things you should know for Thursday, June 19:
1. -- U.S. stock futures were rising marginally on Thursday after the Federal Reserve signaled that interest rates would remain at record lows for a "considerable time."
European stocks rose while Asian stocks ended Thursday's session mixed. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 jumped 1.6%.
2. -- The economic calendar in the U.S. on Thursday includes weekly initial jobless claims at 8:30 a.m. EDT, the Philadelphia Fed Index for June at 10 a.m., and leading indicators for May at 10 a.m.
3. -- U.S. stocks on Wednesday finished with gains after remarks from the Federal Open Market Committee infused U.S. markets with renewed vigor. The S&P 500 booked a new record high, fueled by the Fed's assurances the economic recovery still has legs.
The S&P 500 rose 0.77% to 1,956.98 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.58% to 16,906.62. The Nasdaq rose 0.59% to close at 4,362.84.
4. -- The board of American Apparel
The board's statement said that the proposed firing is for cause, and cited an "ongoing investigation into alleged misconduct," without giving details.
Charney has been the subject of several lawsuits alleging inappropriate sexual conduct with female employees. He has acknowledged having sexual relationships with workers, but said they were consensual.
5. -- Oracle
6. -- Facebook's
The outage, which affected users from around the world, lasted about 17 minutes. The cause of the outage wasn't known.
A Facebook spokesperson told CNBC that it had "experienced an issue" that prevented people from posting to the site for a brief period of time.
"We resolved the issue quickly, and we are now back to 100%. We're sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused," the spokesperson said.
7. -- General Electric
GE France declined to comment to Reuters on Le Figaro report.
General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt is due on Thursday to unveil to the French government and unions an improved offer for the energy arm of Alstom, a source close to the U.S. conglomerate told Reuters.
8. -- Smartphone maker BlackBerry