By Anora Mahmudova and Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stock futures turned higher Monday as deal news sent shares of Family Dollar Stores Inc. and Dollar Tree Inc. soaring in premarket.

Home-sales data will kick off a busy few days for economic updates, the biggest of which will be payrolls on Friday. Investors will also get a Federal Open Market Committee decision mid-week.

Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJU4) inched up 2 points to 16,893, while those for the S&P 500 index (SPU4) were up less than a point at 1,972. Futures for the Nasdaq-100 index (NDU4) tucked on 5.75 points to 3,961.25.

Pending home sales for June will be released at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. The pace of data speeds up as the week continues. Between Wednesday and Friday, investors will get second-quarter gross domestic product, a Fed decision and July payrolls among other economic items of importance. Get ready for 48 hours of economic fury

On Friday, the Dow industrials (DJI) drop below 17,000. The benchmark lost 123.23 points, or 0.7%, to 16,960.57, weighed down by losses in Visa Inc. (V). For the week, the blue-chip index fell 0.8%, its biggest weekly loss since June 14.

The S&P 500 (SPX) closed 9.6 points, or 0.5%, lower at 1,978.34 and finished the week more or less where it started, while the Nasdaq Composite (RIXF) managed a weekly gain of 0.4%.

Fears of a bubble-bursting won't rest, said Joao Monteiro, analyst at Valutrades. "This story may be looking a little over-brokered, but with the quiet summer sessions lying ahead, even just a small shock could be all it takes to precipitate a big move," he said in a note to clients. Also read: Stock trader who called three crashes sees 20% collapse

Goldman Sachs on Friday cut its three-month view on global stocks to neutral, over concerns a temporary bond selloff could hit equities.

The analysts maintained an underweight on the U.S. on both a three-and 12-month basis. "We expect reasonable returns for the U.S. on an absolute basis over the coming year, but relative to othermarkets, the longer-term recovery potential is smaller given already high margins and strong performance so far," said the analysts.

Mid-July, Goldman raised its year-end target for the S&P 500 index to 2,050 from 1,900, making the investment bank one of the most bullish on Wall Street.

Stocks on the move Monday included Family Dollar Stores(FDO), up 25% in thin premarket trading after Dollar Tree (DLTR) said it would buy the rival discount retailer for $74.50 a share, a roughly 23% premium over Family Dollar's closing price on Friday. Dollar Tree shares were up around 11%. Rival Dollar General Corp.(DG) fell.

El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. (LOCO) surged in premarket trade. The Mexican fast-food chain soared 60% in its Nasdaq debut on Friday.

Shares in Zillow Inc (ZILLOW.XX) fell after the real-estate website said it is buying a rival Turlia Inc(TRLA) for $3.5 billion in stock.

Among Monday's earnings reports, Tyson Foods (TSN) posted earnings that missed Wall Street views, although revenue topped forecasts. Tyson shares rose 1.2% in premarket. Coach (COH) will also report ahead of the market open.

Herbalife Ltd. (HLF) will report after the close on Monday. Follow more of the day's notable movers here.

Across other markets, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index closed at highs not seen in more than three years on Monday, after reports that a plan to allow direct stock trading between Hong Kong and Shanghai could be launched mid-October. European stocks had trouble making headway as U.S. stock futures leaned south.

Oil prices (CLU4) pushed lower, while gold (GCU4) was a touch higher, and the U.S. dollar index(DXY), which measures the greenback against a basket of six other currencies, was largely steady.

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July 28, 2014 09:02 ET (13:02 GMT)

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