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This picture taken on January 17, 2012 in Paris shows a close-up of the opening page of the ratings agency Moody This picture taken on January 17, 2012 in Paris shows a close-up of the opening page of the ratings agency Moody's website. Moody's, on January 16, 2012 confirmed France's triple-A credit rating, three days after its rival agency Standard and Poor's downgraded the country's top rating by one notch. AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGET (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)  

10 things you need to know before the opening bell

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  • Asian markets were mixed in overnight trading, with the Nikkei up 0.59 percent after surprise easing from the Bank of Japan. Europe is moderately lower despite a strong Italian bond auction, and U.S. futures are moderately lower, having lost some early gains.
  • Import and export prices, and retail sales data for January will be released at 8:30 AM ET. Consensus is for a 0.3 percent month-over-month gain in import prices, and retail sales are expected to grow 0.7 percent from the previous month. Meanwhile, business inventories for December will be released at 10 AM ET. Consensus is for a 0.5 percent month-over-month gain in inventories. Follow the release at Money Game >

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