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April 25 Premarket Briefing: 10 Things You Should Know

Here are 10 things you should know for Monday, April 25:

1. -- U.S. stock futures pointed to a lower open for Wall Street on Monday and European and Asian shares slumped ahead of rate-setting meetings this week of the Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan.

European stocks followed Asian indices lower and remained subdued throughout the morning after a key indicator of German business confidence came in short of expectations.

Oil prices in the U.S. fell 1.4% to $43.13 a barrel.

2. -- The economic calendar in the U.S. Monday includes New Homes Sales for March at 10 a.m. EDT

3. -- U.S. stocks on Friday ended mixed as earnings dragged on the tech-heavy Nasdaq.

The index slumped even further into the red for the year as major companies including Microsoft (MSFT - Get Report) and Alphabet (GOOGL - Get Report) tumbled. The Nasdaq ended the day 0.8% lower and is now down 2% for the year.

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It was a better day for the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average which, while mixed, came off their session lows by the middle of the afternoon. The S&P 500 was flat and the Dow climbed 0.12%.

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4. -- Novartis (NVS) , the Swiss drug giant...