1. Retail watch: Shares in Sears are set to surge Thursday after the retailer reported better-than-expected fourth quarter results and a boost to profit from US tax changes.
Another major retailer -- Toys "R" Us -- has announced that it will close its doors after 70 years in business.
The iconic toy seller will shut or sell all of its 735 stores in the United States, according to court documents filed early Thursday. About 31,000 US jobs are at risk.
2. BrokenHeartMedia: San Antonio-based iHeartMedia has filed for bankruptcy after being crippled by falling revenue and piles of debt.
The company is best known for operating about 850 radio stations across the United States.
3. Moving out: Unilever has selected the Dutch city of Rotterdam as the location of its corporate headquarters, ending nearly a century of residency in London.
The consumer goods company said in a statement Thursday that it would use Rotterdam as its sole legal home amid a broader shake up of its corporate structure.
Unilever shares will continue to be listed in London, Amsterdam and New York. The company said that its 10,000 employees in the Netherlands and the UK would not be affected.
The company owns brands including Dove and Lipton.
4. Stocks stabilize: US stock futures were inching up after a rough trading session on Wednesday.
5. Earnings: Shares in German airline Lufthansa were flat after the company reported solid growth in revenue and earnings for 2017. CEO Carsten Spohr said it was "the best result in the history of our company."
Dollar General is releasing earnings before the US open. Adobe Systems and Broadcom will follow after the close.
6. Coming this week:
Thursday -- Broadcom earnings
Friday -- Tiffany earnings
- Sears surprise; Stocks stabilize; iHeartMedia bankruptcy
- Sears' bankruptcy appears imminent
- Sears hires a bankruptcy expert
- Stocks stabilize; Earnings bonanza; Tesla loss
- Stocks stabilize after Christmas Eve drop
- Sears may be days away from bankruptcy
- Landlords across America are cheering Sears' bankruptcy
- The other Sears that isn't in bankruptcy
- Sears is now a penny stock
- Sears bankruptcy; Saudi trouble; Big week for earnings