LONDON -- After closing in the red yesterday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average
Economic data of interest today includes the ISM Manufacturing Index, which is expected to rise slightly, as well as construction spending for March and auto sales for April. Construction spending is expected to show a decent gain, up 0.5% from February's -1.1%, while auto sales are expected to have remained unchanged in April.
In early pre-market trading, energy giant ConocoPhillips
Several European markets were closed for the May Day public holiday, but in the U.K., which has its holiday next Monday, it was business as usual. The FTSE 100
U.K. companies in the news included BP
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Noteworthy companies due to report after the market closes today include Chesapeake Energy, CBS, and Motorola Mobility Holdings.
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