U.S. stock futures are pointing higher in pre-market trading for Monday, October 24. The Dow Futures are at 18144.0 for a gain of 78.00 points. The S&P 500 Futures are at 2144.75 for a gain of 10.00 points. The Nasdaq Futures are at 4872.0 for a gain of 28.75 points. The Russell Futures are at 1226.0 for a gain of 9.60 points.

In overnight trading in the Eastern Hemisphere, Japan’s Nikkei 225 is at 17234.42 for a gain of 49.83 points or 0.29 percent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index is at 23604.08 for a gain of 229.68 points or 0.98 percent. China’s Shanghai Composite is at 3128.25 for a gain of 37.31 points or 1.21 percent. India’s S&P BSE Sensex is at 28157.16 for a gain of 79.98 points or 0.28 percent. In Europe, the FTSE 100 is at 7027.40 for a gain of 6.93 points or 0.10 percent. Germany’s DAX is at 10798.14 for a gain of 87.41 points or 0.82 percent. France’s CAC 40 is at 4571.09 for a gain of 35.02 points or 0.77 percent. The Stoxx Europe 600 is at 345.91 for a gain of 1.62 points or 0.47 percent.

**Monday’s Factors and Events**

Stocks are pointing higher after merger deal news from AT&T-Time Warner, B/E-Rockwell Collins and Ameritrade. On the economic calendar for Monday are the following reports: Chicago Fed National Activity Index and the PMI Manufacturing Index Flash. Fed speeches on the calendar for Monday include the following: William Dudley, James Bullard, Charles Evans and Jerome Powell.

Stocks trading actively in the pre-market include the following:

Chesapeake Energy

Skyworks Solutions

Synchrony Financial

KLA-Tencor Corp.

Cigna Corp.

AT&T

General Electric

Charles Schwab

Capital One Financial

Approximately 48 companies will report earnings on Monday. In the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Visa will report earnings.

**Friday’s Activity**

U.S. market indexes were mixed on Friday. For the day the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 18145.71 for a loss of -16.64 points or -0.09 percent. The S&P 500 closed at 2141.16 for a loss of -0.18 points or -0.01 percent. The Nasdaq Composite closed at 5257.40 for a gain of 15.57 points or 0.30 percent.

Source: DJIA, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite. Google Finance.

Other notable index closes included the Russell 2000 Index at 1217.71 for a loss of -2.07 points or -0.17 percent; the S&P 600 Small-Cap Index at 733.89 for a loss of -1.81 points or -0.25 percent; the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index at 1526.99 for a loss of -0.93 points or -0.06 percent; the S&P 100 Index at 949.73 for a gain of 0.61 points or 0.06 percent; the Russell 3000 Index at 1266.37 for a loss of -0.10 points or -0.01 percent; the Russell 1000 Index at 1186.51 for a gain of 0.10 points or 0.01 percent; and the Dow Jones U.S. Select Dividend Index at 599.66 for a loss of -1.26 points or -0.21 percent.

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