Jan. 13 Premarket Briefing: 10 Things You Should Know

Here are 10 things you should know for Monday, Jan. 13:  

1.-- U.S. stock futures were pointing lower on Monday while overseas equities mostly shrugged off a weak U.S. jobs report.

European stocks were rising slightly early Monday. Asian shares ended the session with gains. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose 0.2%. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday.

2.-- The economic calendar in the U.S. Monday includes the Treasury Budget for December at 2 p.m. EST.

3.-- U.S. stocks on Friday closed mixed after a worse-than-expected December jobs report underlined the rocky nature of the economic recovery.

The S&P 500 added 0.23% to close at 1,842.37, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.05% at 16,437.05. The Nasdaq gained 0.44% to finish at 4,174.67. The S&P and Nasdaq added 0.6% and 1.03%, respectively, in the first full trading week of 2014. The Dow lost 0.2% for the week.

4.-- General Motors (GM) Chief Financial Officer Dan Ammann told reporters the automaker is "the closest it has ever been" to reinstating a dividend.

GM last paid a dividend on its common stock in May 2008.

Ammann, who is set to become GM president on Thursday, made the comments on the sidelines of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Reuters reported. Ammann also said the European car market has bottomed but wasn't sure how fast it would rebound.

5.-- Amec, the British engineering company, said Monday it provisionally agreed to buy Foster Wheeler (FWLT) in a cash and stock deal of $3.2 billion.

Foster Wheeler is listed in the U.S. but is based in Switzerland. 

Amec, which said the deal would improve its geographic reach, will offer 0.9 Amec shares and $16 in cash for each Foster Wheeler share, or $32 a Foster Wheeler share. Foster Wheeler shares closed Friday at $31.46.

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