Here are 10 things you should know for Thursday, Jan. 9:
1.-- U.S. stock futures were trading slightly lower Thursday, following Asian shares to the downside on worries the Federal Reserve will move more quickly than expected to wind down stimulus for the U.S. economy.
European shares were flat early Wednesday. Japan's Nikkei 225 index declined 1.5%.
2.-- The economic calendar in the U.S. Thursday includes weekly initial jobless claims at 8:30 a.m. EST.
3.-- U.S. stocks on Wednesday stumbled as minutes of the most recent Fed meeting revealed vigorous debate before policymakers decided to cut stimulus, adding to speculation that the central bank will continue to reduce the bond-buying that has helped to underwrite equities for the past 18 months.
The S&P 500 closed little changed at 1,837.49, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.41% to finish at 16,462.74. The Nasdaq added 0.3% to 4,165.61.
4.-- Dish Network
Dish had coveted LightSquared's wireless spectrum.
Dish, the satellite TV provider, offered $2.2 billion for LightSquared last year. Dish is expected to announce the termination of the offer as early as Thursday.
5.-- Executives from Apple
A filing with the U.S. District court in San Jose showed Thursday that senior legal executives from Apple and Samsung agreed earlier this week that the CEOs will meet by or before Feb. 19, The Associated Press reported.
The agreement was made in response to a court order to submit a proposal for settlement discussions before a new trial begins in March. The March trial involves more recent mobile devices than previous cases.
Many industry watchers predict the two companies will ultimately settle their patent lawsuits outside court, the AP reported.
The Armonk, N.Y., company is setting up a New York City-based business unit devoted to Watson. Based at 51 Astor Place in New York's "Silicon Alley" tech hub, the Watson Group will focus on cloud-based innovation and also will help customers cope with the challenge of big data, which refers to the management of vast quantities of unstructured data, or information that is outside the realm of traditional databases.