Stocks were prepared for a weak open Monday as Wall Street and the rest of the nation somberly remembered the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 five years ago.

Futures on the

S&P 500

were losing 5.5 points to 1305, 4 points below fair value. Nasdaq 100 futures were down 8 points to 1581.50 and were more than 12 points under fair value.

Oil prices were working on a six-day losing streak and were falling 99 cents to $65.26 a barrel. Other energy prices were also lower.

At

Hewlett-Packard

(HPQ) - Get Report

, the controversy over a program to secretly access the phone records of directors and a group of journalists continued. This weekend, the company's board met, partly to discuss the future of Patricia Dunn, the chairman, but no decision was reached.

Freescale Semiconductor

(FSL)

, formerly part of

Motorola

( MOT), is reportedly in line to be sold to a group of private investors for more than $16 billion. The report, published in

The New York Times

, lifted Freescale's shares 12% in premarket trading.

A confirmed deal involved

Ipsco

(IPS)

, a steel company that set plans to buy

NS Group

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for $66 a share, or $1.46 billion.

Elsewhere,

Texas Instruments

(TXN) - Get Report

was preparing for a midquarter update after the close. The chipmaker's shares finished Friday at $31.

Dell

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edged lower before the bell on word that the PC seller will delay the filing of its quarterly report for the fiscal second quarter ended Aug. 4. The company cited questions raised in the informal investigation by the

Securities and Exchange Commission

into certain accounting and financial reporting matters. Dell was lower by 0.3% at $21.59.