U.S. stock index futures signal early dip

* U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly lower open
on Wall Street on Monday, with futures for the S&P 500 (SPc1: )
down 0.19 percent, Dow Jones (DJc1: ) futures down 0.07 percent
and Nasdaq 100 (NDc1: ) futures down 0.17 percent at 0910 GMT.

* Tech and media companies will be in the spotlight after
the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing unnamed
sources, that AOL Inc (AOL.N: ) is exploring strategic options,
which include a possible tie-up with Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O: ), and has
retained financial advisers to do so. [ID:nSGE6A7068]

* Energy shares will also be in focus after oil company
Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L: ) unveiled plans on Monday to sell
about a third of its stake in Woodside Petroleum (WPL.AX: ) for
$3.3 billion, effectively putting Australia’s largest oil and
gas firm in play.

* German sporting goods company Adidas (ADSGn.DE: ) hopes to
grow sales to 17 billion euros ($23.9 billion) by 2015 as it
strives to overtake market leader Nike (NKE.N: ).

* Japan’s Nikkei average rose 1.1 percent to a three-month
closing high on Monday, adding to gains made last week as risk
money shifts towards global equities on improving prospects for
the U.S. economy, but European stocks were slightly down in
early trade, with telecom shares such as Vodafone (VOD.L: ) among
the biggest drags.

* The dollar rose on Monday as an unwinding of dollar short
positions that began with solid U.S. jobs data gathered pace,
while renewed concern over euro zone peripheral debt hurt the
euro.

* Companies scheduled to report quarterly results on Monday
include Frontier Communications Corp (FT.N: ), Priceline.com
(PCLN.O: ), Progressive Corp (PGR.N: ) and Sysco Corp (SYY.N: ), while
economic indicators on tap for Monday include the October
employment trend number.

* U.S. stocks (Read more about the stock market today. ) rose for the fifth straight week as investors
took heart from Republican gains in the elections and on news
that more cheap money from the Federal Reserve was on the way.

* The Dow Jones industrial average (.DJI: ) edged up 9.24
points, or 0.08 percent on Friday, to 11,444.08. The Standard &
Poor’s 500 Index (.SPX: ) added 4.78 points, or 0.39 percent, to
1,225.84. The Nasdaq Composite Index (.IXIC: ) rose 1.64 points,
or 0.06 percent, to 2,578.98.
(Reporting by Blaise Robinson; Editing by Hans Peters)

U.S. stock index futures signal early dip