Stock index futures are marginally ahead as equities look to close out a big week.
Europe's posting small gains and in Asia, this just in: China's having a brutal time of it lately - falling in a straight line for about the last two weeks with another 2% decline overnight. The cumulative loss for the Shanghai Composite in this mini-bear market comes to about 8%.
The 10-year Treasury yield is up 2 basis points at 2.95%, and gold has taken up residence below $1,200.
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