Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.
Italy awaits Monti's decision on his - and Italy's - political future.
HOUSTON-- The Public Utility Commission of Texas has approved NRG Energy Inc.' s proposed all-stock acquisition of GenOn Energy Inc., the companies said Friday. The deal must still receive the approval of state regulators in New York, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the two companies' shareholders before it can go forward.
*Coal retirement/retrofits to cost up to $144 billion. Oct 8- More U.S. coal-fired power plants could retire due to environmental regulations and weaker-than-expected electric demand, costing the industry up to $144 billion, economists at consultancy Brattle Group said.
*EPA regs could cost economy $275 bln in 2010-2035. The Electric Power Research Institute estimated it would cost the U.S. economy up to $275 billion to meet current and pending U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations from 2010-2035 if the current timeline is followed.