Here are the most important news, trends and analysis that investors need to start their trading day:
1. Stocks set to pop on strong earnings reports
Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
U.S. stock futures rose Thursday after better-than-expected earnings results.
- Bank of America shares rose as earnings in the first quarter blew past expectations on booming trading and investment banking.
- Pepsi’s stock gained ground after the consumer snack and drink maker said sales last quarter…