Stock futures pointed to a weaker start for Wall Street on Monday. Futures for the Dow, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq were down 0.2-0.4 percent by 3:58 a.m. EDT.
Belgian drugs, chemicals and plastics maker Solvay
The yen jumped to an eight-month high against the dollar on Monday but later lost ground as Japan's finance minister tried to tone down earlier comments suggesting intervention was unlikely, remarks that prompted speculators to pile into the rise and sent the Nikkei average <.N225> down 2.5 percent.
The Dutch biotechnology firm Crucell
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago releases its National Activity Index for August at 8:30 a.m. EDT. The index read -0.74 the prior month.
Toyota Motor Corp <7203.T> has raised its global sales forecast for the 2009 calendar year by 3 percent to 6.7 million cars, the Tokyo Shimbun daily reported on Saturday, in the latest sign of a nascent recovery in auto demand.
European shares also fell, on track for their third day of losses. The FTSEurofirst 300 <.FTEU3> index of top European shares was down 0.8 percent at 976.36 points. But E.ON
China Unicom <0762.HK>, the country's No. 2 mobile carrier, said Apple's
Bank of America
U.S. stocks fell for a third straight day on Friday on disappointing housing and durable goods data, while Research In Motion's lackluster results dented optimism about technology spending.
The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> fell 42.25 points, or 0.44 percent, to 9,665.19. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> dropped 6.40 points, or 0.61 percent, to 1,044.38. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> declined 16.69 points, or 0.79 percent, to 2,090.92.
(Reporting by Dominic Lau)