Stocks were set for a lower open Monday as a host of mergers and lower oil prices weren't enough to stave off worries about what this week's slew of economic reports will reveal about the U.S. economy.

Futures on the

S&P 500

were 1 point below fair value, and the Nasdaq 100 was set for a 2-point decline at the start of trading.

Acquisitions were the story of the day, as

Kinder Morgan

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Giant Industries


both agreed to be purchased. Meanwhile,

Mylan Laboratories

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struck a deal to buy an Indian firm, and


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announced plans to separate part of its European foods business.

On the commodities front, crude oil prices were falling $1.43 to $71.08 a barrel as Tropical Storm Ernesto appeared headed for a northerly track that would steer it clear of the Gulf of Mexico's petroleum infrastructure.



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has reached a pact with


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to sell advertising on pages users outside the U.S. see. eBay has a similar arrangement with




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