U.S. stocks are indicating a higher open Monday on news of a couple of big mergers broke over the weekend. The S&P is up 0.39% and the Dow is up 0.40%.
Asian markets closed higher Monday after trade data in Japan, while weak, beat earnings estimates. The Nikkei added 0.29% while the Hang Seng rose 0.98%.
European stocks are also higher today. The FTSE is up 0.13%, while the DAX is up 0.91%.
Energy futures are lower today. The price for West Texas Intermediate crude oil is down $0.65 to $50.20 per barrel, while natural gas is down $0.02 to $2.97. Metals prices are mixed this morning. Gold is down $0.92 to $1,265.54 per ounce and platinum is up $6.76 to $940.76. The Dollar is up against the Euro and down against the Yen.
Synchrony Financial (ALKS), Coach (COH), and Skyworks Solutions (SWKS) are early risers, while Flowserve (FLS), SunTrust Banks (STI), and Charles Schwab (SCHW) are down. [InvestorsKeyhole, news and data sources]