July 23 - Continued weakness in Spain dragging down U.S. stock index futures ahead of the open.
Europe takes center stage and deals in the energy sector. Here's your morning briefing this Monday investors piling into bonds after several Spanish regions say they asked the national government for eight. Prices on the ten year note about half a point which yields falling to another record low. Near one point 4%. US stock index futures heavily in the red down about 1% each. Stocks in Europe lower across the board. US prosecutors and European regulators are close to making arrests in the live -- probe. Sources telling Reuters they have contacted lawyers representing some of the suspects to notify them of this possibility. Earlier reporting indicated employees at firms including Barclays UBS and Citigroup were under investigation for their roles in the interest rate fixing scandal. So -- Barclays has agreed to pony up more than 450 million in fines for its part in the read breaking scandal. China's top offshore oil producer buying it Canadian firm -- up paying fifteen point one billion dollars for next in. Which is oil and gas assets in western Canada and the Gulf of Mexico among other places. The deal works out 2715. Per next -- -- 61% premium to where -- closed to New York trading Friday. A retail executive says get ready for more tablets from Amazon he had -- US retail sales for staples. Tells Reuters he expects the company into five or six more products compliments campfire. It'll come in a variety of sizes including a ten inch model is on decline to con. Shares of Amazon are up more than 30% this year. Stocks to watch today include the NASDAQ investors getting their first chance to react to the exchange's announcement late Friday it plans to pay out 62 billion dollars to firms lost money in the FaceBook IPO. That's up from forty million. And -- on energy rival and RG keep buying it from one point seven billion dollars fortunately share. The deal creates the largest. US power producer. After -- called this Monday you can follow us on Twitter at Reuters Insider -- these and it letters to channel at Reuters dot com slash Reuters TV. I'm Lisa Bernhard is Reuters.