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April 12 Premarket Briefing: 10 Things You Should Know

Here are 10 things you should know for Tuesday, April 12:

1. -- U.S. stock futures were pointing slightly lower Tuesday as investors steeled themselves for an earnings season that is forecast to be lackluster.

European stocks traded mixed while Asian shares ended the session mostly higher, though stocks in Shanghai bucked the trend and slipped 0.3%.

Oil prices in the U.S. rose 1% to $40.78 a barrel.

2. -- The economic calendar in the U.S. on Tuesday includes Export and Import Prices for March at 8:30 a.m., and the Treasury Budget for March at 2 p.m.

3. -- U.S. stocks on Monday spent much of the day in the green but sold off in the final hour to trade just below the flat line.

The S&P 500 declined 0.27%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 0.12%, and the Nasdaq fell 0.36%.

4. -- A deal between United Continental (UAL - Get Report) and two hedge funds seeking to shake up its board looks increasingly likely, sources told CNBC.

An agreement may come within the next week, the...