Stocks poised for a mixed start ahead of consumer sentiment data

U.S. stocks were poised for a steady open as futures traded lower, but in narrow range Friday morning. Investors will focus on a key consumer sentiment report and the bond market even as yields continued to fall. Also making headlines is a $13.5 billion deal between Barlacys (BCS) and Blackrock (BLK) that makes the latter the world's largest money manager.

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