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U.S. stock futures were jumping Monday, and Kinder Morgan ( shares were up by 10% in premarket after the energy infrastructure company announced it was hiking its dividend and would spend more than $40 billion to buy out smaller shareholders. )
Here are the other three things you need to know before the opening bell rings in New York:
"Markets continue to differentiate between the humanitarian crises in Gaza and Iraq, which are not market drivers, and the Ukraine conflict which has far more potential to spill over to asset prices. The lack of news on the last of these supports the risk bounce," said Kit Juckes, a market strategist at Societe Generale.
2. International markets: Turkey is in the spotlight Monday after Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan reportedly won the race to become the country's first directly-elected president. Market reaction has been muted, with the main Turkish index pointing slightly lower.
European markets were all higher in early trading. The main markets had declined Friday.
Asian markets also closed the day with gains.
3. Earnings: Priceline (Tech30) and food service distributor , Sysco ( will report earnings before the open. )