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Merger Monday sets U.S. stocks on track for gains

AT&T plans to buy HBO parent Time Warner.

U.S. stock futures on Monday pointed to a higher open, getting a lift from AT&T’s planned buyout of Time Warner and other deal news.

Investors are waiting for fresh readings on manufacturing and the Chicago Fed National Activity Index, as well as earnings ahead of the open from wireless carrier T-Mobile US Inc. TMUS, -0.64% , apparel company VF Corp. VFC, -4.34% and Huggies diapers producer Kimberly-Clark Corp. KMB, +0.34%

Several Federal Reserve officials are also due to speak.

S&P 500 futures ESZ6, +0.45% gained 9.80 points, or 0.5%, to 2,144.50, while Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMZ6, +0.44% rose 77 points, or 0.4%, to 18,143. Nasdaq-100 futures NQZ6, +0.59% tacked on 29 points, or 0.6%, to 4,872.25.

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