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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- U.S. stock futures were pointing to a higher start for Wall Street on Friday ahead of housing market data and earnings from consumer products giant Procter & Gamble(PG) .
European stocks were trading mixed. Japan's Nikkei 225 index hit a 32-month high Friday as the yen continued to retreat against the dollar. The index surged 2.9%.
The economic calendar in the U.S. Friday includes new-home sales data for December at 10 a.m. EST. Economists, according to Reuters, forecast a total of 385,000 annualized units, compared with 377,000 in November.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 46 points, or 0.33%, to 13,825.
The S&P 500 ended flat at 1495. The Nasdaq fell 23 points, or 0.74%, to 3130.
Microsoft (MSFT) received a boost in its fiscal second quarter from its server & tools division and Windows 8 licenses, helping it post earnings that topped Wall Street expectations.
The software giant earned 76 cents a share on a GAAP basis during the quarter on revenue of $21.46 billion. Analysts were expecting profit of 75 cents a share on revenue of $21.5 billion.
Starbucks(SBUX) , the coffee chain, said Thursday that fiscal first-quarter profit rose 13% as global same-store sales jumped 6%.
Procter & Gamble is expected by Wall Street Friday to post fiscal second-quarter earnings of $1.11 a share on revenue of $21.91 billion.
Honeywell(HON) is expected by analysts to report fourth-quarter earnings Friday of $1.09 a share on revenue of $9.51 billion.