Stocks are set to finish slightly higher for the week after stronger than expected Chinese trade data made investors more optimistic about the outlook for the global economy... MACRO NEWS: China reported that its imports and exports for December increased more than expected. Inflation in China, however, also rose more than expected last month, leading to concerns that increasing prices may limit the government's ability to stimulate the economy... Here in the U.S. new jobless claims were slightly higher than expected... President Obama nominated Jack Lew, his current chief of staff, as Treasury secretary. A former budget director and longtime civil servant, Lew's nomination was criticized by some Republicans... COMPANY NEWS: Boeing (BA) and the FAA launched a joint review of the company's 787 aircraft after several of the planes experienced problems this week... Facebook's (FB) stock rallied after the company on Wednesday issued invitations to journalists for a press conference next week. The company didn't disclose what it plans to announce at the press conference, but some on the Street speculated that the company could unveil a smartphone or an improved search engine... Wells Fargo (WFC) announced slightly stronger than expected Q4 results but shares declined following its report... Alcoa (AA) reported in-line fourth quarter EPS, but higher than expected revenue. The company also said that it expects global aluminum demand to jump 7% in 2013.
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