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10 Things You Need To Know Before The Opening Bell

•, Eric Platt

Asian markets rallied in overnight trade, with Hong Kong's Hang Seng advancing 1.7 percent. Markets in Europe are rising and U.S. futures point to a positive open.

Spain was forced to pay sharply higher borrowing costs when issuing €2.981 billion of medium and long-term debt today, as demand plunged. The country issued two- and five-year bonds at steep 5.3 and 6.54 percent yields. Here's how Germany ate everyone else's lunch in Europe >

France secured record low rates at auction this morning. The country issued €8.958 billion worth of medium term debt. Yields on the five-year fell to 0.86 percent.

U.K. retail sales climbed just 0.1 percent sequentially in June, below expectations for a 0.6 percent gain. Weather was blamed for poor food sales. Meanwhile, Italian industrial orders recovered in May, rising 1.7 percent from a month earlier. International orders for Italian goods advanced 2 percent.

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