This is what you need to know before the bell:
1. European stocks open higher Monday in what in likely to be a quiet trading session ahead of the U.S. Fourth of July holiday.
2. Currency market are likely to be active in the Monday session, however, particularly the European single currency, which continues to test 52-weeks highs against the dollar amid speculation that the European Central Bank has signalled the slow exit from its extraordinary monetary policy.
3. Vivendi SA ( (VIVHY) ) said Monday that is has acquired the near 60% stake in advertising group Havas SA ( (HVSYY) ) for around €2.36 billion ($3.06 Billion) and will move to buy the entire company before the end of the year.
5. Early indications from U.S. equity futures suggest a solid start to the week, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average set to add around 45.5 points, or 0.21%, at the opening bell. A similar percentage gain is anticipated for the broader S&P 500 while the tech-focused Nasdaq could gain around 19 points, or 0.33%, when trading kicks off.
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