Stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Wall Street on Monday, with futures for the S&P 500 down 0.2 percent, Dow Jones futures down 0.1 percent and Nasdaq 100 futures down 0.2 percent at 0846 GMT.
European shares dipped in morning trade, drifting lower from near five-year highs hit last week, as Italy's credit downgrade and mixed macro data from China dampened investors' appetite for risky assets. <.EU>
The dollar hovered near a 3-1/2-year high against the yen and held an upper hand against other major currencies on Monday in the wake of surprisingly strong growth in U.S. employment, which added to optimism over recovery in the world's largest economy.
M&A noise will remain at the forefront of investors minds, with the Times of India newspaper reporting that AT&T Inc
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Wall Street commodity revenues crashed last year to their lowest on record, as tighter regulation and limited price swings squeezed the once dominant traders of Goldman Sachs Group Inc
On the macro front, investors awaited employment trend index for February, due at 1400 GMT, while on the earnings front, Urban Outfitters Inc
U.S. stocks closed out a historic week with another day of gains on Friday, as the Dow hit yet another record closing high on a payrolls report that surpassed even the most optimistic forecasts.
The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> rose 67.58 points, or 0.47 percent, to 14,397.07, another record closing high. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> advanced 6.92 points, or 0.45 percent, to 1,551.18. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> gained 12.28 points, or 0.38 percent, to end at 3,244.37.
(Reporting by Blaise Robinson)