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Friday the 13th marks end of unlucky week

IN THE NEWS TODAY

U.S. stock futures were lower this morning, after Thursday's sharp drop put the Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq firmly on track for a weekly decline for the first time in six weeks, barring an epic Friday rally. (CNBC)

With a Fed interest rate hike looking likely next month, two more key pieces of the economic puzzle are out at 8:30 a.m. ET: October reports on retail sales and producer prices. (CNBC)

Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester wraps up a busy week of Fed commentary with an appearance at 12:30 p.m. ET. Last night, Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said inflation should rebound next year. (Reuters)

J.C. Penney (JCP) this morning reported a quarterly loss that was smaller-than-expected and revenue that beat estimates, after making upbeat comments about those results earlier this week. (CNBC)

Following Macy's (M) earlier this week, Nordstrom (JWN) late Thursday missed estimates on earnings and revenue, and warned on full-year numbers. The stock was about 20 percent lower in premarket trading. (CNBC)

Cisco Systems (CSCO) beat expectations with earnings and revenue, but issued disappointing forward guidance, driven by lower-than-expected order growth. The stock was off about 5 percent in the premarket. (CNBC)

Apple (AAPL) has publicly apologized after one of its employees at an Australian store asked a group of boys to leave, in what they claim, was a racist incident. (Reuters)

Hulu is looking to sell a stake to Time Warner (TWX) in a deal that would value the streaming-video service at more than $5 billion and help the firm better compete with rivals Netflix (NFLX) and Amazon (AMZN). (WSJ)

Generic drugmaker Mylan's (MYL) $26 billion hostile bid for peer Perrigo (PRGO) looked unlikely to succeed last night, a few hours before the offer was set to expire. (Reuters)

Syngenta (SYT) has rejected a $42 billion takeover bid from ChemChina, according to Bloomberg, though talks are said to be ongoing. Syngenta previously spurned a takeover bid from Monsanto (MON).

General Motors (GM), fresh off agreeing to a new union contract that's expected to drive up its U.S. labor costs, plans to become the first major automaker to sell Chinese-made cars in the U.S. (WSJ)

LoanDepot, a nonbank mortgage lender aiming to sell shares to the public at a valuation of up to $2.6 billion, postponed its initial public offering, citing market conditions. (WSJ-subscription)

More than a dozen Republican contenders, including front-runners Donald Trump and Ben Carson, plan to speak at a party summit in the swing state of Florida this weekend. (USA Today)

Trump went off on Carson Thursday, blasting the retired neurosurgeon's "pathological temper." Trump also devoted over ten minutes of a rally to attacking Carson's personal narrative. (NBC News)

The U.S. has carried out an airstrike in Syria targeting the Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John," who participated in gruesome videos showing the killings of American and British hostages. (Reuters)

BY THE NUMBERS

China's benchmark Shanghai composite fell 1.4 percent, driven lower by commodity-related names. But the once battered index has been rallying of late, up 11.5 percent since the August lows.

Yum Brands (YUM) reported a 5 percent rise in China sales, after declining in four of the past five quarters. Last month, Yum said it's going to spinoff its China business.

Alibaba (BABA) and Baidu (BIDU) have both been added to the MSCI emerging markets index, with the two among 14 U.S.-listed China companies added to that benchmark.

Oil prices this morning were recovering some of the 2.8 percent lost in Thursday's trading, which had put pressure on stocks. U.S. crude is down more than 10 percent since the beginning of November.

Record global oil stockpiles could offer an "unprecedented buffer" in times of geopolitical shock, according to the IEA. But the agency forecast demand growth would slow next year, worsening the glut.

In addition to retail sales and producer inflation data at 8:30 a.m. ET, the University of Michigan issues its preliminary November consumer sentiment index and the government releases September business inventories — both at 10 a.m. ET.

Lions Gate Entertainment (LGF) shares are under pressure, following a secondary offering related to new investments in the company by Liberty Global (LBTYA) and Discovery Communications (DISCA).

Fitbit (FIT) was sharply lower in the premarket, after the maker of wearable fitness devices priced a secondary offering at $29 per share. The size of the offering was also cut to three million shares from the original seven million.

STOCKS TO WATCH

Fossil (FOSL) was about 17 percent lower in the premarket, after beating on earnings but missing on revenue. The watch and fashion accessories company also issued a weak current quarter outlook.

Planet Fitness (PLNT) surged 12 percent in premarket action, after beating on earnings and revenue. The fitness chain also upped its full-year outlook on the top and bottom lines.

Party City (PRTY) lost 15 percent in the premarket, after missing on earnings and revenue. The party supplies retailer also lowered its full year sales forecast.

El Pollo Loco (LOCO) beat on earnings but missed on revenue. The restaurant chain lowered its full-year outlook. The stock lost about 8 percent in premarket trading.


WATERCOOLER

A self-driving Google car was pulled over by a motorcycle cop apparently for going too slow. Authorities said, "It was lawful for the car to be traveling on the [35 mile per hour] street." (Re/code)

On this Friday the 13th, a mysterious piece of space debris called WT1190F is expected to enter Earth's atmosphere near Sri Lanka today, but most of it should burn up. (USA Today)