U.S. stock futures were rising as the Dow Jones Industrial Average looks poised to open at a new record, while European stocks traded higher as Britain kicked off its formal European Union exit talks.
 
On Friday, U.S. stocks closed mixed following a surprising merger deal between Amazon  ( AMZN)  and Whole Foods Market Inc. ( WFM) . The tech-heavy Nasdaq declined by 0.22%, its third consecutive day of losses. But the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.11% to finish at a record high, and the S&P 500 rose 0.03%.
 
Stocks like Kroger Co. ( KR)  and Walmart Stores Inc. ( WMT) , which were battered on Friday following news of Amazon's $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods, were rising in premarket trading on Monday.

This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.

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