Futures for the Dow Jones Industrials settled 22 points, or 0.1%, to 34,210.
Futures for the S&P 500 stepped back four points, or 0.1%, at 4,357.
Futures for the NASDAQ slumped 15 points, or 0.1%, to 14,854.50.
Shares of Disney, Paramount and Warner Bros. Discovery were higher in the pre-market after Hollywood writers and studios reached a tentative deal that would end the Writers Guild of America’s strike.
Disney rose 1.2%, while Paramount advanced 3.5%, and Warner Bros. Discovery picked up 4.1%.
The S&P 500 has fallen 4.2% in September, on pace for its second straight losing month and its worst month since December. The tech-heavy NASDAQ Composite is down 5.9% in September as growth stocks bore the brunt of the selloff, also headed for its biggest monthly loss since December. The blue-chip Dow is off by a more modest 2.2%. this month.
Investors are also closely monitoring progress on a budget resolution in Washington. Lawmakers over the weekend expressed few signs of movement on a deal that would keep the U.S. government funded for the remainder of the fiscal year.
In Japan, the Nikkei 225 gained 0.9% Monday, while in Hong Kong, the Hang Seng backtracked 1.8%
Oil prices inched up 15 cents to $90.18 U.S. a barrel.
Gold prices lost $1.90 to $1,943.70.