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) -- With several reports citing a renewed sense of economic recovery bubbling about, oil futures rose above $73 Monday on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

The contract for November delivery of benchmark crude was surging $1.78 at $73.55 a barrel in the morning, rising after the front-month contract added 2.6% last week to settle at $71.77 by Friday.

Looking ahead to this week, investors will be eyeing a bouquet of earnings reports coming from several industry bellwethers. Major banks like

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will report, along with diversified leviathan

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, medical drug and supply maker

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Major integrated oil majors finished Friday in mixed territory, though all were tracking higher on Monday morning.

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were adding 1% and 1.5%, each, just after the opening bell.


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, which lost 1.2% by the closing bell on Friday, was gaining 1.8% in the early going on Monday.

-- Written by Sung Moss in New York

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