This is what you need to know before markets open:
1. HSBC Group plc (HSBC) - Get Report posted stronger-than-expected first half earnings Monday and launched an additional $2 billion share buyback program as Europe's biggest bank continues to see firmer growth in Asian markets.
3. Snapchat parent company's 150-day lockup period expires and up to 400 million shares are eligible flood the market, which is expected to put the stock under pressure
5. U.S. stock futures were rising Monday, July 31, and European shares traded higher following a record closing high for the Dow Jones Industrial Average to end last week and ahead of a busy week for earnings reports, including a report from tech giant Apple Inc.
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