By Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch
U.S. stock futures trekked higher on Monday, with the Dow industrials likely to open at a fresh record and hard-hit technology stocks eyeing a rebound.
The indicated U.S. gains track strength across global equities, as European and Asian stocks move higher.
Dow Jones Industrial Average futures rose 76 points, or 0.4%, to 21,409, while S&P 500 futures added 7.75 points, or 0.3%, to 2,438.75. Nasdaq 100 futures shot up 39.5 points, or 0.7%, to 5,723.50.
While futures are not always an exact indication of market moves, their gain bolsters expectations that the Dow industrials will open above the all-time closing high of 21,384.28 hit Friday, the 21st record for 2017.
The S&P 500 index finished less than a point higher Friday and flat for the week.
On Friday, the Nasdaq Composite fell 0.2% , extending a a rough patch for the tech sector. A bounce for tech stocks at the open Monday would follow a second-straight weekly loss. Leading the way higher on Monday, shares of Apple Inc.(>> Apple) and Amazon.com Inc.(>> Amazon.com) were up around 1% in thin premarket trading.
Investors are likely to keep tech stocks in focus this week , amid concerns the sector could start to drag down the broader market , given the Federal Reserve has indicated it will tighten policy and economic data has failed to inspire.
Economic docket: New York Fed President William Dudley is scheduled to speak at a business roundtable in Plattsburgh, New York, at 8 a.m. Eastern Time. Later in the day, Chicago Fed President Charles Evans is slated to give a speech to the Money Marketeers of New York University at 7 p.m. Eastern.
There are no top-tier economic data on the calendar for Monday.
Stocks to watch: Shares of Boeing Co. (>> Boeing Company (The)) could be active after the aircraft maker said it has signed a memorandum of understanding with BOC Aviation Ltd. (>> Boc Aviation Ltd) for 10 737 MAX 10 airplanes at the 2017 Paris Air Show on Monday.
Alphabet Inc.'s(>> Alphabet) Google Inc. announced a four-step plan to fight terror, among them using technology to spot extremist and terror-related videos, in a blog post Sunday (https://blog.google/topics/google-europe/four-steps-were-taking-today-fight-online-terror/).
Europe inspires: While Asian stocks kicked the week off higher, even more robust gains were seen for European stocks on Monday. The French CAC 40 index rose 1% after French President Emmanuel Macron's pro-Europe Union party and its centrist ally saw a decisive victory in parliamentary elections . The Stoxx Europe 600 was up about 0.7%.
The FTSE 100 index added 0.6%. U.K. officials will be meeting with their Brussels counterparts on Monday to start talks over Britain leaving the European Union. Meanwhile, in what police are calling a terrorist attack, a van rammed into a crowd near a mosque in North London, leaving one person dead and several injured.
Other markets: Oil prices were flat , while the dollar held steady. The pound firmed up ahead of those Brexit talks . Gold prices slipped $4 to $1,252.50 an ounce.