Initial reports of Thanksgiving Day sales ahead of Black Friday at bricks-and-mortar stores were good but not great, while online sales were seen as strong. (Reuters)
Thanksgiving Day sales are predicted to have hit $1.7 billion this year, according to Adobe. The software firm reported top toys included Star Wars products and Hasbro's Pie Face Game, while Apple's iPad Air 2 and Beats by Dr. Dre headphones were among the best selling tech items. (USAToday)
More shoppers may choose to buy online on Friday as ice storm warnings were in effect across a 900-mile stretch of the country from New Mexico to Iowa. Flood warnings were also issued for parts of northern Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri. (NBC News)
France and Russia will share information about their respective air strikes in Syria and have agreed to target only terrorist groups such as ISIS, French President Francois Hollande said Thursday after meeting with President Vladimir Putin. Russia has been criticized for allegedly bombing Western-backed rebels. (Reuters)
Russia announced on Thursday it would impose sanctions on Turkey, sever economic ties, and terminate investment projects near its border with Syria. (AP)
An anthrax scare that gripped Brussels on Thursday ended after the suspect powder at a large mosque near the European Commission to which authorities were alerted turned out to be flour. (Reuters)
China is seeking to modernize its armed forces by redrawing its military regions and establishing a joint operational command structure, President Xi Jinping said Thursday. The country will also establish its first overseas military outpost in Djibouti. (Reuters/NYT)
U.S. and German authorities have launched investigations into two engines designed and built by Volkswagen Group's Audi, which have been implicated in VW's emissions cheating scandal. (WSJ)
A man who jumped the White House fence on Thursday is now facing criminal charges, the Secret Service said. (CNBC)
There is no U.S. economic data due out today.
U.S. markets were closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, and will shut earlier, at 1 p.m. ET, today.
Amazon.com is among Friday's stocks to watch on early reports of strong online Thanksgiving Day sales.
Shares of Walt Disney were lower in premarket trading on Friday after regulatory filings showed the company's sports network ESPN saw subscribers fall 3.2 percent from the previous year.
Dow Chemical's stock price was initially lower but turned positive after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it plans to withdraw approval for the company's Enlist Duo herbicide.
Michael Jackson's Neverland estate is being marketed to super-wealthy Chinese after no U.S. buyer could be found. (CNBC)
More than 12,000 people have signed a petition to stop American Idol finalist Adam Lambert from performing at Singapore's New Year's Eve celebration due to his risque performances and "active promotion of a highly sexualized lifestyle and LGBT rights." (CNBC)