-Stock futures are higher as investors focus on the chances for a COVID-19 stimulus bill and more key earnings reports.
-The yield on the 10-year Treasury bond is up to 0.77 percent, with the 2-year yield 62 basis points behind at 0.15 percent.
-Gold is up to the $1,915 per ounce level. Bitcoin is at the $11,400 level.
-Asian markets closed mostly higher, led by a 1.1 percent rally for Japan's Nikkei Index. Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 0.6 percent, while SHanghai's Shenzhen composite dropped 0.7 percent.
-China says its economy grew by 4.9 percent in the July-September quarter, compared to expectations of 5.2 percent growth. Retail sales also lagged below expectations.
-U.S. crude prices are flat, and still at the $40 a barrel level.
-Gasoline prices are down to $2.16 a gallon, national average.
-ConocoPhillips is buying Concho Resources for $9.7 billion in the largest shale oil deal so far this year. ConocoPhillips shares are up 1 percent in the premarket, while Concho shares are also up 1 percent.
-Oil services company Halliburton reported better than expected quarterly profits, but revenues missed estimates. Halliburton shares are down 0.4 percent in the premarket.
-The International Monetary Fund is forecasting that oil prices will remain between $40 and $50 a barrel in 2021 and that the Middle East and Central Asian regions' overall economy will contract 4.1 percent next year.
-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin continue their negotiations today on a COVID-19 stimulus deal. Pelosi says she's giving the White House 48 hours to make a deal now, or wait until after the election. Investors see this as a concession of sorts compared to Pelosi's tougher stance last week.
-CVS Health says it's planning to hire 15,000 more workers to help the chain administer more COVID-19 tests and administer COVID and flu vaccines. CVS shares are down about 20 percent year-to-date.
-AMC Entertainment says it plans to reopen its movie theaters in New York State this coming Friday. AMC shares are up 5 percent in the premarket.
-Israel's Scentech is close to developing a COVID-19 breath test. Shares of Scentech's future parent company NextGen Biomed soared 35 percent in Israeli market trading Sunday.
-With Americans already ordering shipped items at record levels, FedEx, UPS, and other leading delivery companies are warning retailers that they are already at capacity levels for the coming Christmas season. That's forcing a frenzied search for shipping alternatives. FedEx and UPS shares are both up about 1 percent in the premarket.
-A new report says that no Democrat state attorneys general will be joining a multi-state antitrust case against Google that's expected to be filed next week. The partisan divide could easily undermine the lawsuit's chance of succeeding. Google parent Alphabet's shares are up about 1 percent in the premarket.
BOEING MAX MESS
-American Airlines says it's planning to put the Boeing 737 MAX jet back into service at the end of December, pending FAA approval. American shares are up 1 percent in the premarket, and Boeing shares are up 0.5 percent.
-American Equity Investment Life Holding has rejected a takeover offer by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance and Athene Holding and says it reached a partnership with Brookfield Asset Management instead. Class A shares of American Equity are up about 1 percent in the premarket.