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) -- U.S. stock futures were pointing to a stronger open Monday as investors mull the possibility of action from the

Federal Reserve

to bolster the U.S. economy.

Futures for the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

were up by 158 points, or 179 points above fair value, at 10,978. Futures for the

S&P 500

were higher by 19 points, or 21 points above fair value, at 1143, and


futures were ahead by 39 points, or 43 points above fair value.

Stocks dropped Friday, closing a volatile session as investors sought clarity on the European sovereign debt crisis.

Investors are hoping for some type of action from the U.S. central bank when

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke gives a speech on Friday during a summit of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

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Oil prices are rising on news that

Libyan rebels took most of Tripoli. The October crude oil contract was gaining $1.07 to trade at $83.48 a barrel.

The FTSE in London was gaining 2.4% and the DAX in Frankfurt was adding 1.4%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 0.5% while Japan's Nikkei declined 1%.

Economic activity in the Chicago region improved slightly in July, even though the level remained in negative territory. The Chicago Fed's National Activity Index rose to a reading of -0.06 in July, from -0.38 in June.

Home-improvement retailer



has been

authorized to buy back up to $5 billion of its common stock. The company said it plans to use the full amount over the next two to three years. Shares were rising 3.5% to $19.99 ahead of Monday's opening bell.

Medical technology company

Kinetic Concepts


got a takeover bid from



tops the agreement that Kinetic reached with funds for $68.50 a share in cash , or $6.3 billion, including debt.

Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group


said Sunday that it sent a letter to

Hertz Global



Avis Budget


asking them to

submit their "best and final definitive proposals" on potential mergers by October.

Gold for December delivery was up by $10.50 at $1,862.70 an ounce.

The benchmark 10-year Treasury was down 16/32, lifting the yield to 2.118%. The dollar weakened against a basket of currencies, with the dollar index down by 0.2%.


-- Written by Melinda Peer in New York


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