Stock index futures pointed to a higher open for Wall Street on Monday, with futures for the S&P 500, Nasdaq futures and Dow Jones futures up 0.3 to 0.4 percent at 0943 GMT.
The S&P 500 <.SPX> posted its best week in nine on Friday as investors rotated into defensive and lagging sectors, with both the Dow Jones <.DJI> and the S&P 500 making new 2 1/2-year highs. Analysts see further gains in store for equity markets as economic growth accelerates.
Some confidence in the recovery in the labor market was fueled by data on Friday that showed U.S. unemployment fell to 9 percent, its lowest level since April 2009, though the economy only added a weaker-than-expected 36,000 jobs.
In company news, France's Sanofi-Aventis
Nasdaq OMX Group
Struggling U.S. Internet company AOL Inc
U.S. regulators will propose on Monday that executives at the largest financial institutions have half of their bonuses deferred for at least three years as part of efforts to curb excessive risk taking, according to two people familiar with the proposal.
Time Warner Cable Inc
Ford Motor Co
In European equity markets, the FTSEurofirst 300 <.FTEU3> rose 1 percent in early trade, with oil majors among the gainers.
North Sea Brent crude oil futures jumped back above $100 a barrel on lingering worries that political unrest in Egypt could spread to other markets of the Middle East and disrupt energy supplies.
(Reporting by Harpreet Bhal; Editing by Will Waterman)