Aug. 4 Premarket Briefing: 10 Things You Should Know

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Here are 10 things you should know for Monday, Aug. 4: 

1. -- U.S. stock futures were rising Monday following the jobs report on Friday that said the U.S. added more than 200,000 jobs for a sixth straight month. 

European stocks were slightly higher following the bailout of Banco Espirito Santo.

Asian stocks ended the session mixed.

2. -- The economic calendar in the U.S. on Monday is empty.

3. -- U.S. stocks on Friday returned to calm as risk-off sentiment evaporated on a jobs number that was not too cold and not too hot.

The S&P 500 fell 0.29% to close at 1,925.15. The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 0.42% to 16,493.37. The Nasdaq fell 0.39% to 4,352.64. 

4. -- Portugal is providing 4.9 billion euros ($6.6 billion) in emergency funds to prevent the collapse of Banco Espirito Santo, one of the eurozone country's oldest and biggest financial institutions.

Bank of Portugal Gov. Carlos Costa said late Sunday the money will come from a special fund set up during the eurozone's recent financial crisis. The fund was created to help financial institutions in difficulty.

The move came after Banco Espirito Santo's share price lost about 75% of its value last week. The stock crashed after the bank reported a record half-year loss of 3.58 billion euros as previously unreported debts came to light after an audit. Trading in the shares was suspended on Friday and continued to be halted Monday as authorities plan the bank's restructuring.

Problems at the bank have spooked international markets, which fear the financial crisis that recently hit countries sharing the euro may not be over and more financial secrets remain to be discovered.

5. -- Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A), the conglomerate run by Warren Buffett, reported on Friday better-than-expected second-quarter earnings as sales growth returned, confirming a strengthening recovery in the U.S. economy.

6. -- Wall Street firms led by Goldman Sachs  (GS) are close to buying a stake in chat and instant messaging startup Perzo as they pursue an alternative to a similar application from Bloomberg, sources familiar with Goldman's plans told Reuters.

Bloomberg has dominated messaging on Wall Street for years, but its application is part of a data, trading and news terminal that costs about $20,000 a year. The Perzo applications are free, Reuters reported.

Several banks and asset managers are considering an investment in Perzo, including Morgan Stanley (MS), JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and others, two sources told Reuters.

7. -- Retailer Michael Kors Holdings (KORS) is expected by analysts on Monday to report fiscal first-quarter earnings of 81 cents a share on sales of $851.7 million.

8. -- HSBC (HBC), which operates in 74 countries, said profit in the first half of 2014 fell 5.4% to $9.46 billion amid continuing concerns about economic growth around the world and rising geopolitical tensions.

Douglas Flint, the bank's chairman, said Monday that with "residual concerns over the sustainability of economic growth in many major markets and with heightened geopolitical tensions apparent, the board supported management's view that this was not the time to expand risk appetite to offset the effect of lower revenues."

The bank also said it's being challenged by increasing regulation.

9. -- Walmart (WMT) has begun rolling out a feature on its Web site that will show shoppers more products they may like based on their previous purchases.

The Web site also is being customized for each shopper based on where that customer lives, showing local weather and events, as well as the customer's search and purchase histories.

10. -- Investment bank Evercore Partners  (EVR) reached an agreement to buy International Strategy & Investment Group, a financial research firm.

The all-stock deal between the two New York-based companies could be worth roughly $401 million, based on Evercore's shares closing Friday at $50.13. Evercore plans to issue the equivalent of up to 8 million shares to purchase ISI and also acquire the remaining 40% of its own equities division not currently under the investment bank's control.

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