A daily morning look at the financial stories you need to know to start the day.
-Stock futures are up modestly after Thursday's gains erased about half of Wednesday's selloff. Today's big economic data is housing starts and building permits out at 830 AM EST.
-China continues to sell U.S. Treasury bonds in order to prop up its currency. That has led to Japan becoming the new number one holder of U.S. debt.
-U.S. crude prices are up about half of a percent to the $51 level.