Updated from 7:53 a.m. EDT
The U.S. stock market may be in for a sluggish open Monday as traders in New York returned from a long holiday weekend.
Futures on the
were down 2 points at 1263 and were about a point under fair value, while
100 futures were up 4 points at 1826, almost 2 points ahead of fair value.
Domestic shares haven't traded since last Thursday, and that was a half session. The market was closed Friday for the Independence Day holiday.
As the new week got underway, investors were greeted with a host of merger news, but thus far the dealmaking wasn't inspiring much buying interest.
The biggest transaction will see Germany's Fresenius, a seller of intravenous drugs, buy
for roughly $3.7 billion.
Also, China Oilfield Services, a unit of
, is set to pay $2.5 billion for Norway's Awilco Offshore.
Back in the U.S., the directors of
could be in for a fight to keep their jobs after Belgium's InBev, which is trying to take over the Budweiser maker for $46 billion, said it would try to replace the board.
On the friendlier side,
(GE - Get Report)
NBC Universal division is being joined by
(BX - Get Report)
and Bain Capital to purchase The Weather Channel. Terms of the acquisition weren't released, but reports put the value at around $3.5 billion.
(GM - Get Report)
, whose shares have been trading at multidecade lows amid worries about its financial health, may be close to firing thousands of white-collar workers, according to a published report.
The Wall Street Journal
also said GM might part ways with or end additional brands.