September 29 Premarket Briefing: 10 Things You Should Know

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Here are 10 things you should know for Monday, Sept. 29:

1. -- U.S. stock futures were pointing lower Monday following last week's losses and ahead of data on spending and home sales.

Stock in Hong Kong tumbled 1.9% amid pro-democracy protests.

European stocks traded lower early Monday.

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-- The economic calendar in the U.S. on Monday includes personal income and spending for August at 8:30 a.m. EDT, and pending home sales for August at 10 a.m.

3. -- U.S. stocks on Friday rallied into the close but couldn't make up for losses earlier in the week, ending with the biggest weekly decline since Aug. 1 as the S&P 500 failed to reclaim the 2,000 level.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 0.99% to 17,113.15 but fell 0.96% for the week. The S&P 500 gained 0.86% to 1,982.85,but posted a weekly loss of 1.37%.. The Nasdaq  finished higher on Friday by 1.02% to 4,512.19 but ended the week lower by 1.48%.

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4. -- Pacific Investment Management Co., or Pimco, suffered roughly $10 billion of withdrawals following the departure on Friday of co-founder Bill Gross, a person familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal.

Pimco is bracing for more outflows on the heels of the veteran investor's departure after months of internal strife over his leadership. At the same time, some managers say they remain committed to the firm.

Some within Pimco, of Newport Beach, Calif., are projecting it will lose at least $100 billion or more in assets due to withdrawals, the person familiar with the matter told the newspaper.

Some analysts are projecting even greater withdrawals, according to the Journal

5. -- SoftBank is in talks to buy or otherwise link up with DreamWorks Animation (DWA) , people familiar with the negotiations told the Journal.

The people familiar with the talks declined to disclose a possible price for DreamWorks, which has a market value of about $2 billion. One of the people told the Journal the talks were in the early stages and could lead to a distribution partnership or a SoftBank investment in DreamWorks, rather than an outright purchase.

The talks were first reported Saturday by the Hollywood Reporter.

6. -- Yahoo! (YHOO)  shares surged 4.4% to close at $40.66 on Friday after an activist investor suggested the Internet company look into doing a deal with AOL (AOL) .

Starboard Value Partners sent Yahoo! a letter asking that the company take several actions to boost shareholder value, including a potential combination with AOL. Shares of AOL closed Friday's session higher, gaining 3.7% to $44.55.

Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer said in a statement on Friday that Yahoo! would "review Starboard's letter carefully and look forward to discussing it with them."

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7. -- China's Lenovo received U.S. and European approval to complete its acquisition of IBM's (IBM) low-end server business and plans to use it to grow faster outside its personal computer business, Lenovo's chairman said Monday.

The $2.1 billion acquisition is due to close Wednesday following a successful review by a U.S. government security panel and European and Chinese regulators, the company said.

8. -- Apple (AAPL) will be accused of prospering from illegal tax deals with the Irish government for more than two decades when the European Commission this week unveils details of a probe that could leave Apple with a record fine of as much as several billions of euros, the Financial Times reported.

Preliminary findings from the European Commission's investigation into Apple's tax affairs in Ireland, where it has had a rate of less than 2%, claim the  iPhone maker benefited from illicit state aid after striking backroom deals with Ireland's authorities, the FT reported, citing people involved in the case. 

9. -- Air France's (AFLYY)  main pilots union on Sunday unilaterally ended a 14-day strike that grounded roughly half of the airline's flights.

Air France said previously that the walkout cost up to 20 million euros ($25 million) a day.

10. -- NiSource (NI) said Sunday its board approved splitting the company into two publicly traded companies -- a utilities business and a pipelines businesses.

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-- Written by Joseph Woelfel

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