Here's everything you need to know before Friday's opening bell:
- General Mills (GIS) said it will buy natural pet food company Blue Buffalo (BUFF) for $8 billion.
- Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Co. (HPE) issued stronger-than-expected earnings for its fiscal first quarter and a strong outlook.
- Toyota (TM) dominated Consumer Reports' 2018 rankings.
- China seized control of Waldorf Astoria owner Anbang in major corporate crackdown.
- U.S. stock futures pointed toward a higher open.
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