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A day before the U.S. elects a new president, premarket futures were in a holding pattern Monday as traders digested news of several merger setbacks and prepared for another week full of quarterly earnings statements.

Futures for the

S&P 500

were up 0.3 points at 967.60 andwere 0.2 points above fair value.


futures were higher by21 points at 1343 and were 6.4 ahead of fair value.

Looking through corporate headlines, leveraged-buyout firm

Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts

was delaying plans to come public asthe credit crisis hurt its capitalization standing. KKR said in astatement it would hold off on buying Amsterdam-listed

KKR PrivateEquity

until next year.

In other merger news,

The Detroit News

reported that

Cerberus Capital

, which owns

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, has ceaseddiscussions with


because Cerberus intends onmerging with

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announced it would invest$1 billion in China over the next four years in an effort to gain afoothold in emerging markets.


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, meanwhile, announced thata strike by the International Association of Machinists had endedafter the company and union signed a four-year contract.

As for earnings, insurer

PMI Group


reported a widerthird-quarter loss.

In terms of economic data, the census bureau is set to release itsconstruction spending figures for September. Also due out is theInstitute for Supply Management's October manufacturing index.

Shifting to commodities, crude oil was losing 57 cents to $67.24 abarrel. Gold was climbing $17.60 to $735.80.

Longer-dated U.S. Treasury securities were mixed. The 10-year wasup 4/32, yielding 3.95%. The 30-year was dropping 16/32 to yield4.36%. The dollar was rising vs. the yen but trading lower against theeuro and pound.

Abroad, European exchanges, including the FTSE in London and theDAX in Frankfurt, were mostly trading higher. In Asia, Japan's Nikkeiwas closed for a holiday, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng finished on theupside.


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