Futures Rise After G20 Stimulus Pledge
Wall Street opens the new trading week coming off its best weekly performance in a month, with U.S. stock index futures pointing to a solidly positive opening Monday.
Global stocks rose and the dollar fell after the Group of 20 pledged to keep stimulus in place until recovery was assured.
Futures also responded positively to developments in the corporate world.
Sprint Nextel said it will invest at least another $1 billion into Clearwire , a company in which it is joint partners with Comcast, Intel, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. The partners are prepared to spend another $500 million, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
The paper also reported that Google, which also is a partner, isn't involved in the latest financing round.
Sprint shares jumped 3.9 percent in premarket trading.
Altria shares also were higher, gaining 1.7 percent after Barron's wrote that the tobacco products company was a bargain because of its low multiple, high yields and strong brands.
Las Vegas Sands shares rose 2.8 percent after the company and China's Minsheng bank set the price range for the upcoming public offering on the Hong Kong exchange. They hope to raise $7.35 billion with the offering.
Shares of retailer Gap fell nearly 1 percent premarket after Barclays downgraded the company to "equal weight" from "overweight" over concerns on November sales.
Crude oil prices rose more than a $1 to pass $78 a barrel as Hurricane Ida posed a threat to oil and gas facilities in the US.
As the end of the year approaches, more attention will be paid to just how strongly stocks have come back from the depths they reached back in March: Both the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 are on pace to chalk up their best annual percentage gains since 2003.
No major economic releases are on the calendar for Monday.
The Treasury begins another record-setting week of auctions, as it sells $91 billion in 3-year notes, 10-year notes, and 30-year bonds beginning. Shortly after 1 pm New York time, we'll get the results of the first leg of those sales, with $40 billion in 3-year notes being sold.
The most notable of the day's earnings reports will come after the bell, as we get the latest quarterly numbers from Electronic Arts , Fluor , MBIA , and Priceline.com .
Nokia may be a stock to watch, as it announced it will replace 14 million phone chargers made by China's BYD because of problems that could result in electric shock for consumers.
Reuters reported that Kraft Foodsis set to formalize a hostile takeover bid for Cadbury . Cadbury had previously rejected an informal offer by Kraft, and the latest offer is not expected to be materially different from the prior one.
A deal between CNBC parent General Electric and Comcast to jointly own NBC Universal appears to be closer.
CNBC's David Faber has been reporting that the deal could get done within a week or so, and now Reuters reports that the two sides have agreed on a valuation of about $30 billion for the proposed joint venture, which would see Comcast own 51 percent of NBCU, while GE would own 49 percent.
— Peter Schacknow, Senior Producer, CNBC Breaking News Desk