US stocks were struggling for a direction ahead of Monday's opening bell as traders digested quarterly earnings results from major US banks, with Citigroup (C) topping expectations for both earnings and revenue.
Oil prices nudged lower with global benchmark Brent Crude down 0.99%, and US crude West Texas Intermediate down 1.11% after soaring last week on Libya's ongoing strife.
Data released at 8:30 am showed the general business conditions index based on the New York Fed's manufacturing survey came in at 10.1 level for April vs estimates for 6.8 and March's 3.7 reading, according to data compiled by Econoday.
In equities, shares of Advanced Disposal (ADSW) climbed 19% pre-bell after the company agreed to be acquired by Waste Management (WM) in a deal worth $4.9 billion.
U.S. PRE-MARKET INDICATORS
-Dow Jones Industrial down 0.04%
-S&P 500 futures down 0.04%
-Nasdaq 100 futures down 0.05%
-Nasdaq 100 pre-market indicator down 0.05%
Nikkei up 1.37%
Hang Seng down 0.33%
Shanghai Composite down 0.34%
FTSE-100 down 0.05%
DAX-30 up 0.18%
PRE-MARKET SECTOR WATCH
(+/-) Large cap tech: mixed
(+/-) Chip stocks: mixed
(+/-) Software stocks: mixed
(+/-) Hardware stocks: mixed
(+/-) Internet stocks: mixed
(+/-) Oil stocks: mixed
(+/-) Biotech stocks: unchanged
(+/-) Drug stocks: mixed
(+/-) Financial stocks: mixed
(+/-) Retail stocks: mixed
(-) Industrial stocks: unchanged to lower
(+/-) Airlines: mixed
(+/-) Autos: mixed
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