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April 26 Premarket Briefing: 10 Things You Should Know

Here are 10 things you should know for Tuesday, April 26:

1. -- U.S. stock futures rose and European stocks gained ahead of the Federal Reserve's two-day meeting that begins Tuesday and as earnings from a number of industry giants beat expectations.

Asian stocks finished the session mixed. Japan's Nikkei 225 Index fell 0.5%.

Oil prices in the U.S. rose 0.8% early Tuesday to $43 a barrel.

2. -- The economic calendar in the U.S. Tuesday includes Durable Goods Orders for March at 8:30 a.m. EDT, the Case-Shiller 20-City Index for February at 9 a.m., and Consumer Confidence for April at 10 a.m.

3. -- U.S. stocks on Monday finished lower as the Fed was the subject of investor focus ahead of the beginning of the central bank's April meeting.

The S&P 500 fell 0.18%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.15%, and the Nasdaq declined 0.21%.

4. -- The Department of Justice approved Charter Communications' (CHTR) purchase of Time Warner Cable (TWC) for $78.7 billion and Charter's related $10.4 billion acquisition of Bright House Networks with conditions.

In conjunction with the approval, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler urged his fellow commissioners to approve the transaction with those and other conditions.

Under a settlement with the DOJ, the merged company would be barred from entering into or enforcing agreements that could make it more difficult for online video...