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Oct. 12 Premarket Briefing: 10 Things You Should Know

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Here are 10 things you should know for Monday, Oct. 12:

1. -- U.S. stock futures were trading flat to lower Monday as investors looked ahead this week to U.S. corporate earnings and trade data from China.

European stocks were trading mixed. Asian shares ended Monday's session mostly higher. The Shanghai Composite Index rose 3.3%.

2. -- The economic calendar in the U.S. on Monday is bare.

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3. -- U.S. stocks on Friday barely made any moves as investors waited for corporate earnings to crank up this week.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average managed to post its sixth consecutive winning session, the longest all year, but not without effort.

The S&P 500 was up 0.08%, the Dow added 0.21%, and the Nasdaq rose 0.41%.

4 -- Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said Sunday there remains a case for raising interest rates this year while insisting on a cautious approach.

Speaking at the...