Morning Briefing: 10 Things You Should Know
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Here are 10 things you should know for Friday, March 22:
1. -- U.S. stock futures were slightly higher Friday as Cyprus struggled to avoid financial collapse after Russia, which has billions of dollars of deposits in Cypriot banks, brushed off the island-country's pleas for financial aid.
European stocks were trading lower, while Asian stocks finished in the red on Friday. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 plummeted 2.4% to close at 12,338.53
2. -- The economic calendar in the U.S. Friday is bare.
3. -- U.S. stocks on Thursday stumbled on lackluster economic data from the eurozone and softer-than-expected results from the latest U.S. economic indicators.
The S&P 500 declined 0.83% to 1,545.80. The Nasdaq slumped 0.97% to 3,222.60 while the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.62% to 14,421.49.
4. -- Nike
Earnings for the quarter were $662 million, or 73 cents a share, up from year-earlier profit of $569 million, or 61 cents a share. Analysts were looking for earnings of 67 cents a share.
Revenue rose 9% to $6.19 billion; analysts forecast sales of $6.2 billion.
Nike said revenue in North America, which accounts for 40% of its sales, rose 18% to $2.55 billion.
5. -- Tiffany
Analysts were expecting earnings of $1.36 a share.
Sales rose to $1.24 billion from $1.19 billion a year earlier; analysts forecast sales of $1.25 billion.
Tiffany said Friday it expects that net sales in the current fiscal year will increase 6% to 8%.
6. -- Friday marks the end of a 45-day period that Dell's