September 15 Premarket Briefing: 10 Things You Should Know

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Here are 10 things you should know for Monday, Sept. 15: 

1. -- U.S. stock futures pointed lower ahead of the Federal Reserve meeting this week and European stocks declined as as a series of risk factors added to investors' uncertainty.

Asian stocks ended the trading session mixed.

2. -- The economic calendar in the U.S. on Monday includes the Empire State Manufacturing Index for September at 8:30 a.m. EDT, and industrial production and capacity utilization for August at 9:15 a.m.

3. -- U.S. stocks on Friday declined as talk of rate hikes from the Federal Reserve flared up. The S&P 500 dove near session lows to snap five consecutive weeks of gains.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.36% to 16,987.51. The S&P 500 gave up 0.6% to 1,985.54. The Nasdaq dipped 0.53% to 4,567.60.

4. -- Heineken (HKHHY) , the Dutch brewer, rejected a takeover bid from rival SABMiller (SBMRY) , saying that its controlling shareholder intended to "preserve the heritage and identity of Heineken as an independent company.

Heineken is the world's third-largest brewer while SABMiller, producer of brands including Miller Genuine Draft and Grolsch, is the second largest behind Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) .

5. -- Danaher (DHR) said Monday it would buy Nobel Biocare  (NBHGY) , the Swiss dental-implant maker, for about $2.2 billion, including debt.

Danaher said it would pay 17.10 Swiss francs ($18.20) for Nobel as it looks to expand globally in the dentistry market. The deal is expected to close late this year or in early 2015.

6. -- Alibaba is likely to raise the price range of its U.S. initial public offering because of buoyant demand for the deal, people familiar with the situation told The Wall Street Journal.

It wasn't immediately clear what the new price range would be, but Alibaba would likely release the information in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the people said. In a filing earlier this month, Alibaba said it and its early investors were hoping to sell up to 368 million shares for $60 to $66 apiece.

Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant, plans to set a final price for the shares Thursday, with trading to begin in New York on Friday, the Journal noted.

7. -- Netflix (NFLX) , the video-streaming giant, launches Monday in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium and Luxembourg. But the company is getting a frosty reception in France, where French competitors are trying to head off a Netflix wave, the government wants oversight and the cinema industry wants Netflix to invest heavily in French productions.

Netflix said it hopes to reach a third of French homes in the next five to 10 years. 

8. -- At least half of Air France flights around the world were canceled Monday as pilots kicked off a week-long strike, angry that the company is shifting jobs and operations to a low-cost carrier to better keep up with rivals.

French labor law makes it complex and costly to fire employees or adjust contracts in times of financial troubles, according to The Associated Press. The carrier announced a plan last week aimed at saving 1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) over the next several years, and said it will transfer much of its European operations -- and jobs -- to low-cost carrier Transavia.

9. -- Billionaire activist investor Bill Ackman announced plans on Monday to float a fund on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange, with the hope of raising at least $5 billion from non-U.S. institutional investors, CNBC reported. 

Ackman's firm, Pershing Square, already has secured $1.5 billion from 30 "cornerstone" investors and is seeking to raise an additional $2 billion for the new fund, to be named Pershing Square Holdings. The group expects trading of the shares to begin on Oct. 13, according to CNBC.

10. -- Yum! Brands (YUM) , the operator of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut restaurants, holds an investor conference on Monday. 

-- Written by Joseph Woelfel

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