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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- U.S. stock futures suggested Wall Street would open slightly higher Monday while European stocks traded flat amid continued fears of a global slowdown.

Asian stocks ended mixed on Monday. Japan's Nikkei 225 index rose less than 0.1%, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng finished unchanged.

The U.S. economic calendar on Monday includes pending home sales data for February. Economists surveyed by Reuters expect an increase of 1% compared with January's 2% rise.


Bats Global blamed a computer glitch that resulted in the high-speed electronic exchange pulling its initial public offering last week.

"BATS experienced a serious technical failure Friday morning and I want to apologize for not measuring up," said Joe Ratterman, CEO of BATS, in an email on Sunday.

The trading glitch also resulted in a brief halt in Apple's ( AAPL) shares.

"You would have thought this would be BATS' greatest day in their history; it's ended up to be a nightmare," said Scott Sweet, senior managing director at IPO Boutique.


The Hunger Games raked in $155 million in domestic box office receipts over its opening weekend.

It set a record for a non-sequel, topping the first Twilight movie.

The film, from Lions Gate Entertainment ( LGF), added $59.3 million internationally, bringing its weekend take to more than $214 million.


Yahoo! ( YHOO) appointed three directors to its board, setting up for a proxy fight with Third Point LLC, one of its largest shareholders.

Hedge fund Third Point, which owns a 5.8% stake in Yahoo!, last week launched a bid to gain four seats on the Internet company's board


Rick Santorum cruised to victory in Louisiana's primary Saturday, but the 20 delegates up for grabs Saturday are unlikely to help him close the wide gap between him and front-runner Mitt Romney.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Romney took second place in Louisiana.

The focus of the race now shifts to Wisconsin, Washington D.C. and Maryland, which hold primaries April 3.

-- Written by Joseph Woelfel

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