Stock index futures pointed to a slightly higher open on Wall Street on Monday, with futures for the S&P 500, the Dow Jones and the Nasdaq 100 rising 0.3 to 0.4 percent.
Wall Street is likely to take its cues from quarterly reports as earnings take center stage, with a slew of major companies reporting results this week. Companies announcing results on Monday include Caterpillar
European stocks <.FTEU3> fell 0.1 percent, with a key index slipping further from a one-month high hit last week as investors worried about corporate profits after a string of disappointing results.
U.S. agriculture giant Archer Daniels Midland
An investor group led by private equity firm Permira Advisers LLP has agreed to buy genealogy website Ancestry.com Inc
China's top leaders have asked policy think-tanks to draw up their most ambitious economic reform proposals in decades that could curb the power of state firms and give more freedom to the setting of interest rates and the yuan currency.
European Union leaders face two months of tough bargaining on money, power and the future governance of the euro zone before they can boost confidence that the existential threat to the single currency has faded.
Japan's exports tumbled in the year to September at their sharpest pace since the aftermath of last year's earthquake, while the Bank of Japan cut its outlook for local regional economies due to a row with China and weak global demand.
U.S. stocks ended the week on Friday with their worst day since late June after Dow components General Electric
The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> lost 205.43 points, or 1.52 percent, to close at 13,343.51. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> fell 24.15 points, or 1.66 percent, to 1,433.19. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> slid 67.24 points, or 2.19 percent, to close at 3,005.62.
(Reporting by Atul Prakash; editing by Patrick Graham)