1. Oil spikes again: US crude futures hit their highest levels since late 2014 on Friday, trading at $71.60 per barrel. Prices of Brent crude, the international benchmark, topped $80 per barrel Thursday.
Oil prices have risen significantly in recent weeks, mostly because of concerns about Iranian supplies after President Donald Trump ditched the nuclear deal, and a collapse in Venezuelan production.
The rise is starting to trouble big energy consuming nations. India's energy minister said he called his Saudi Arabian counterpart late on Thursday to express his concern.
2. PayPal's biggest takeover: PayPal announced Thursday that it is buying iZettle for $2.2 billion. It's the online payments firm's biggest ever acquisition and gives the company a bigger footprint in physical stores.
A Swedish startup, iZettle provides small businesses with card readers that can be connected to smart phones and tablets. It also offers platforms for sales and inventory tracking.
3. China-US trade talks: US officials said Thursday that China had proposed boosting its imports of American goods by around $200 billion in an attempt to reduce the massive trade imbalance between the two countries. China bought $130 billion of American goods last year, according to US government figures.
However, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang denied on Friday that such an offer had been made. "These rumors are not true," he said.
The world's two biggest economies have been locked in a trade dispute for months. A top level Chinese delegation is in Washington for trade talks this week. Thursday's meetings included one in the Oval Office between Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, the top economic adviser to Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The talks are set to continue on Friday. Lu described them as "constructive."
5. Earnings and economics: Campbell Soup and Deere are set to release earnings before the open Friday.
Canadian inflation statistics for April will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET.
6. Coming this week:
Friday - Campbell Soup earnings
- Oil price worries; PayPal's big deal; China-US trade
- Earnings flood; eBay ditches PayPal; Facebook worries
- China's currency falls; Novartis deal; Oil prices slip
- Tariff fallout; China's oil trade; Remington bankruptcy
- Oil price rally; Carlos Ghosn indicted again; Fed worries
- Big Oil deal creates largest American refinery
- Why are oil prices rising?
- Trump tempers expectations for possible US-China trade deal
- Sherrod Brown: 'Hopeful' on Trump-China trade deal
- What the China trade deal means for American farmers