* Oil prices, which have dictated the market's direction this year,
were up nearly 5 percent after the United Arab Emirates' energy
minister said OPEC was willing to talk about cutting production.
* Global stocks also calmed after a week of heavy selling that put
the yen on track for its strongest week against the dollar since
late 2008. The yen has been a traditional safe haven for investors
in times of turmoil.
* Other safe havens such as gold and treasuries have also been
snapped up by investors spooked by slowing global growth and the
relentless pressure of commodity prices.
* Financial stocks, led by banks, dragged Wall Street lower on
Thursday, on mounting concerns that interest rates would be
pressured by the slowing global economy by defaults from the
battered energy sector.
* U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen told Congress this week
that she was studying ways to "be prepared" should the rout in world
stock markets, the stress in the financial sector, and slowing
economic growth translating into a recession or another financial
* Shares of JPMorgan <JPM.N> were up 3.3 percent at $54.83 premarket
on Friday after the bank's chief executive, Jamie Dimon, bought more
than $25 million of the company's stock, taking his ownership to
* Activision Blizzard <ATVI.O> sank 12.2 percent to $26.81 after the
videogame maker reported lower-than-expected quarterly revenue and
* Data due on Friday includes January's retail sales, which is
expected to have risen 0.1 percent. The report is due at 8:30 a.m.
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* At 9:55 a.m., the University of Michigan will issue its
preliminary survey on consumer sentiment for February. The index is
likely to remain unchanged at 92 in February from January.
* New York Fed President William Dudley is scheduled to speak at a
conference on household debt and credit report in New York at 10
Futures snapshot at 7:12 a.m. ET:
* Dow e-minis <1YMc1> were up 133 points, or 0.85 percent, with
49,098 contracts changing hands.
* S&P 500 e-minis <ESc1> were up 18 points, or 0.99 percent, with
320,039 contracts traded.
* Nasdaq 100 e-minis <NQc1> were up 38.25 points, or 0.97 percent,
on volume of 41,298 contracts.
(Reporting by Aastha Agnihotri in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio
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