LONDON Nov 5 U.S. stock index futures pointed
to a slightly higher open on Wall Street on Monday, with futures
for the S&P 500, the Dow Jones and the Nasdaq 100
rising 0.1 to 0.2 percent.
* President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt
Romney sprinted to an unpredictable finish in the last 48 hours
of a close race for the White House on Sunday, trying to turn
out supporters and woo undecided voters in a handful of toss-up
* The Institute for Supply Management releases its October
non-manufacturing index at 1500 GMT. Economists forecast a
reading of 54.5, versus 55.1 in September.
* Drilling contractor Transocean Ltd
reported a higher-than-expected adjusted profit for the third
quarter as it made more efficient use of the world's largest
offshore oil drilling fleet.
* Other companies announcing results includes health insurer
Humana and exchange operator IntercontinentalExchange
* International Lease Finance Corp (ILFC), the aircraft
leasing arm of American International Group Inc, has
shrugged off threats from a growing number of domestic players
in China, its biggest single market, saying it has the "first
mover" advantage with more than 200 planes on order.
* Investment bank Goldman Sachs Group Inc has cut the
number of employees it lists as partners to help streamline
* Leading world economies pressed the United States on
Sunday to act decisively to avert a rush of spending cuts and
tax hikes, warning that the so-called fiscal cliff is the
biggest short-term threat to global growth.
* The Conference Board releases its employment trend index
for October at 1500 GMT. In the previous report, the index
reading was 107.9.
* European stocks fell 0.4 percent in cautious
trade on Monday as investors opted for safer havens ahead of the
too-close-to-call presidential election in the United States.
* A private survey of China's growing services sector
slipped in October, with weaker-than-expected new orders
injecting a note of caution after three previous PMI surveys for
October showed the world's second-largest economy regaining
* Greece's government will present a new austerity package
to parliament on Monday, facing a week of strikes and protests
over proposals which must win deputies' approval if the country
is to secure more aid and stave off bankruptcy.
* U.S. stocks ended an unusual storm-shortened trading week
with a selloff on Friday, as major indexes erased early gains
sparked by a stronger-than-expected payrolls report.
* The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 139.46
points, or 1.05 percent, on Friday to 13,093.16. The Standard &
Poor's 500 Index lost 13.39 points, or 0.94 percent, to
1,414.20. The Nasdaq Composite Index declined 37.93
points, or 1.26 percent, to close at 2,982.13.