NEW YORK -- Trading could be quiet Monday, as investors wait for the latest round of corporate earnings to begin in earnest.
Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan are due to report their results Wednesday, while Intel, Bank of America and General Electric are up later in the week.
S&P 500 companies are expected to report overall earnings growth of 2.4% for the last three months of 2012, according to FactSet Research. That's better than the 1% decline in the third quarter. But excluding the financial sector, earnings growth for S&P 500 companies is expected to be just 0.2%.
U.S. stock futures were up slightly ahead of Monday's opening bell.
Glass and industrial coatings producer PPG Industries reports its quarterly results Monday morning. At 4 p.m. ET, Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke is scheduled to give a speech at the University of Michigan.
U.S. stocks finished little changed Friday, a day after the S&P 500 closed at a 5-year high, as investors digested earnings from Wells Fargo and a fresh batch of economic data.
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European markets were mixed in morning trading, with the FTSE 100 flat and the DAX and CAC 40 gaining. Asian markets ended higher.
The Shanghai Composite added 3.1% after a government official hinted that foreign investment in China's capital markets could be allowed to expand dramatically. Meanwhile, the Hang Seng added 0.6% and the Tokyo Stock Exchange was closed for a holiday.