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Inside the Market

Before the bell: Futures lower amid burst in M&A activity

The Before the Bell report is constantly updated to reflect the latest news developments and market moves in the premarket. Check back later for updates.

Overseas markets were mostly positive overnight, taking a lead from modest gains on Wall Street Friday when the U.S. employment report provided further evidence of steady improvement in the labour market. North American stock futures, however, suggest buying momentum is starting to run out. They are ever so slightly in the red ahead of the opening bell.