* Futures up: Dow 51 pts, S&P 7.5 pts, Nasdaq 15.5 pts
By Yashaswini Swamynathan
Oct 10 U.S. stock index futures rose on Monday
after Democrat Hillary Clinton was widely seen as the winner of
the second presidential debate.
* A Clinton presidency would be more positive for the
markets because her positions are more well known than those of
her Republican rival Donald Trump, according to a Reuters poll.
* A CNN/ORC snap poll of debate watchers found that 57
percent thought Clinton won the encounter, versus 34 percent for
* Investors are also bracing for the third-quarter earnings
season, which unofficially kicks off on Tuesday when aluminum
producer Alcoa reports. Earnings of S&P 500 companies are
expected to drop 0.7 percent, according to Thomson Reuters data.
* Wall Street slipped on Friday as the pound dropped and a
weaker-than-expected U.S. payrolls number did little to dampen
hopes of an interest rate hike by the end of this year.
* The dollar, which has been swinging between gains
and losses for the past five days, was up 0.11 percent against a
basket of major currencies. The pound fell again on
* The U.S. bond market was closed for the Columbus Day
* Shares of Mylan soared 12 percent in heavy
premarket trading. The drugmaker on Friday said it would pay
$465 million to settle questions over whether it underpaid U.S.
government healthcare programs by misclassifying its EpiPen
emergency allergy treatment.
* Electric carmaker Tesla was up 2.85 percent at
$202.21 after CEO Elon Musk said the company would not need to
raise equity or corporate debt in the fourth quarter for its
planned acquisition of SolarCity Corp, whose shares
* Merck rose 3.1 percent after clinical data showed
its Keytruda immunotherapy offered big benefits in previously
untreated lung cancer patients, either when given on its own or
* Twitter dropped 6.7 percent and was the top mover
premarket after a Bloomberg report on Saturday that potential
bidders, including Salesforce.com, were said to have
Futures snapshot at 6:59 a.m. ET:
* Dow e-minis were up 51 points, or 0.28 percent,
with 17,155 contracts changing hands.
* S&P 500 e-minis were up 7.5 points, or 0.35
percent, with 115,986 contracts traded.
* Nasdaq 100 e-minis were up 15.5 points, or 0.32
percent, on volume of 14,050 contracts.
(Reporting by Yashaswini Swamynathan in Bengaluru; Editing by