Dow futures were pointing to a 200-point decline at Friday's open after the Trump administration moved to block semiconductor shipments to China-based telecom giant Huawei, which has been at the center of a simmering technological trade dispute between Washington and Beijing.
On Thursday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average surged 377 points, or 1.6%, after being down more than 450 points earlier in the session. Stronger bank stocks and oil prices offset another dismal round of coronavirus-driven jobless claims.
The government said Friday that April retail sales plunged a record 16.4% as coronavirus lockdowns closed stores around the world. Economists had expected a 12.3% drop after an 8.3% dive in March. Reflecting the tough retail landscape in a Covid-19 world, struggling J.C. Penney plans as early as Friday to file for bankruptcy, following J.Crew and Neiman Marcus earlier this month.
The New York Stock Exchange is set to reopen its trading floor to some brokers May 26, the day after Memorial Day. The NYSE went fully electronic two months ago after two people tested positive at entryway coronavirus screenings.
The White House would likely support another round of stimulus checks, two senior administrative officials told CNBC. Direct payments to Americans, and a host of other measures to blunt the economic impact of the coronavirus, are included in the House Democrats' $3 trillion relief bill that's set for a vote Friday. Republicans on Capitol Hill have said the legislation in its current form would be dead on arrival in the Senate. The first round of stimulus checks was part of the $2.2 trillion economic rescue package approved on a bipartisan basis in March. Those payments were up to $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples who file jointly, plus $500 for qualifying dependents.
An Amazon warehouse employee on New York's Long Island has died from the coronavirus, marking the sixth known fatality of a company worker from Covid-19. The April death of George Leigh, 59, at Amazon's Bethpage distribution center, known as DNY4, comes as Amazon faces growing pressure to disclose the number of workers who have tested positive or died from the virus.
Stay-at-home orders or coronavirus business restrictions in a dozen states are set to expire by Monday, according to Politico. Five regions in New York state will be allowed to begin a phased reopening of their economies starting Friday. New York City is not among them. Total U.S. coronavirus cases topped 1.4 million with over 85,000 deaths. Global cases exceeded 4.4 million with over 300,000 deaths.
The Food and Drug Administration is warning that early data suggests Abbott Laboratories' rapid Covid-19 diagnostic test may be delivering inaccurate results. Specifically, the Abbott ID NOW test, used by the White House to screen staffers and visitors, may return false negative results.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an alert to physicians about an emerging rare but deadly condition linked to Covid-19 in children. The illness, which the CDC calls multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, has been reported in at least 19 states and Washington, D.C., according to NBC News.
Disney's stage production of the hit animated film "Frozen" has become the first Broadway musical to shutter during the pandemic. The closure announcement comes days after the Broadway League trade group said theaters would remain shuttered through at least Labor Day.
Facebook on Friday is hosting a "Graduation 2020" virtual commencement, with speeches from Oprah Winfrey, Awkwafina, Lil Nas X and Simone Biles, among others. Separately, YouTube, a unit of Alphabet's Google, is offering a "Dear Class of 2020" celebration headlined by Barack and Michelle Obama. Lady Gaga will be among the other speakers.
— Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report. Follow all the developments on Wall Street in real-time with CNBC's live markets blog.