Investing.com -- U.S. stock futures were little changed on Monday, with markets taking some caution ahead of a week of major economic data and company results. Elsewhere, rivals Diamondback (NASDAQ:FANG) Energy and Endeavor Energy Resources are reportedly closing in on a merger that would give the combined entity a massive presence in the Permian Basin, a key U.S. production hub.
1. Futures tread water
U.S. stock futures mostly held around the flatline on Monday, as investors geared up for a week of key economic data releases and a slew of quarterly corporate earnings.
By 04:27 ET (09:27 GMT), the Dow futures contract had shed 47 points or 0.1%, while S&P 500 futures were broadly unchanged and Nasdaq 100 futures had inched up 11 points or 0.1%.
The benchmark S&P 500 closed above 5,000 for the first time ever to end the prior trading week thanks in part to a surge in megacap groups like Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN). Artificial intelligence chipmaker Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) also jumped to a record high following a Reuters report that it was building a new division that will aim to provide bespoke chips for cloud computing businesses and others.
On Friday, the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite added 1.3% and the blue-chip Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped by 0.1%. All of the main indices on Wall Street posted their fifth consecutive winning week.
2. Inflation data, earnings slew ahead
Highlighting the economic calendar this week will be the latest publication of the monthly U.S. consumer price index (CPI), a major gauge of inflation that could factor heavily into how the Federal Reserve approaches future interest rate decisions.
The measure is expected to show that headline price growth in the world'sRead more on investing.com