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) -- Stock futures hesitated Monday after the previous session's rally as investors absorbed the flurry of deals news.

Futures for the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

were up by 21 points, or 9 points above fair value, at 10,803. Futures for the

S&P 500

were higher by a point, or half of a point above fair value, at 1144 while


futures were up by 3 points, or nearly half of a point below fair value.

With no economic reports scheduled for Monday's session, investors were focusing on the latest batch of mergers and acquisitions news.

Southwest Airlines

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agreed to buy

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AirTran Holdings

( AAI) in a cash and stock deal valued at roughly $1.4 billion.


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made a non-binding bid to acquire

Massmart Holdings

, South Africa's third-largest store group by value, for more than $4 billion.

Unilever (UL) - Get Unilever Plc Report agreed to acquire beauty products maker Alberto Culver (ACV) - Get AllianzGI Diversified Income & Convertible Fund Report

for $3.7 billion.

In commodity markets, November crude was gaining 24 cents to trade at $76.73 a barrel. The December gold contract was up by $1.60, to $1,299.70 an ounce.

The dollar was trading lower against a basket of currencies, with the dollar index down by 0.01%, while the benchmark 10-year Treasury note strengthened 9/32, diluting the yield to 2.576%.

Overseas, Hong Kong's Hang Seng gained 1%, and Japan's Nikkei added 1.4%. The FTSE in London was slipping 0.07%, and the DAX in Frankfurt was up by 0.1%.

--Written by Melinda Peer in New York


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