By Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch

Speech from Fed's Fischer among the Monday highlights

Stock futures indicated a cautious start for Wall Street on Monday, with a speech from Federal Reserve Vice Chair Stanley Fischer likely to draw attention as investors search for direction in a holiday-shortened week of trading.

Away from stocks, oil prices rallied on hopes for a production-cut deal this month, while the dollar appeared to step back from its run higher.

Dow Jones Industrial Average futures flattened at 18,853, while S&P 500 index futures rose 1.2 points to 2,182. Nasdaq-100 added 1.75 points to 4,810.25.

Possibly setting the tone, U.S. stocks finished lower on Friday (, though major indexes extended gains for a second week. The S&P 500 , the Dow industrials and the Nasdaq Composite all closed the session 0.2% lower.

Since Election Day and the surprise presidential election win for Donald Trump, the Dow has climbed 2.9%, the S&P 500 has gained 2%, and the Nasdaq has risen 2.5%.


A pause for reflection could come in a week where volume traditionally thins out as traders head out for the Thanksgiving Day holiday ( Markets will shut Thursday and then close early on Black Friday, the traditional kickoff to holiday shopping.

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Economic docket: Just one key report is expected Monday -- the Chicago Fed national activity index due at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The bulk of the week's economic indicators are expected Wednesday, which brings an update on durable goods orders and the minutes of the latest Federal Open Market Committee meeting.

The Fed's Fischer is scheduled to speak on longer-term challenges for the U.S. economy in New York at 8 a.m. Eastern Time. Investors are largely convinced the Fed will raise interest rates at its December meeting, a factor that has been driving the U.S. dollar higher.

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But the dollar eased slighty on Monday. The ICE Dollar Index , which measures the currency against abasket of six currencies, fell to 101.04 from 101.28 on Friday.

Stocks to watch:Symantec Corp.(SYMC) has agreed to acquire LifeLock Inc.(LOCK) , a seller of identity-theft protection services, for $2.3 billion in cash, The Wall Street Journal reported (, citing a source.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.(WMT) said Monday that it will offer its Cyber Week sales several days early, starting Friday.

Facebook Inc.(FB) said it would hire an additional 500 employees ( in the U.K., according to media reports.

Tyson Foods Inc.(TSN) will report results ahead of the market's open.

Australia's Boral Ltd. (BLD.AU) announced a $1.86 billion deal to acquire Utah-based building products company ( Inc. (HW). Boral said it wanted to increase exposure to "positive momentum" being seen by the U.S. industry, driven by hopes for more infrastructure spending by Trump.

Other markets:WTI crude futures ( rose 49 cents, or 1%, to $46.84 a barrel. The rise in oil prices came after Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly said Sunday that he was optimistic about a output-cut deal at the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries meeting on Nov. 30. He also said his country was ready to freeze production if asked.

"While loose terms may be agreed, I remain skeptical that a full detailed agreement can be both achieved and carried out by OPEC given the clear differences that are so evident between certain key members," said Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at OANDA, in a note to clients.European stocks saw a largely flat open, while Asian finished mixed ( Gold prices rose modestly, up $5.30, or 0.4%, while December copper rose 5 cents, or 2.2%, to $2.5225 a pound.

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

November 21, 2016 05:40 ET (10:40 GMT)

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