US futures post gains ahead of Bank of America, BlackRock and Netflix earnings 

  • Retail sales are due out at 8:30 a.m. ET, along with the Empire State Manufacturing survey. Business inventories will be released at 10 a.m. ET.
  • Monday will see corporate results from the likes of Bank of America, BlackRock, JB Hunt Transport and Netflix.

U.S. stock index futures climbed ahead of Monday’s open, as investors monitored new corporate earnings and a summit between Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.

Around 5:20 a.m. ET, Dow futures rose 44 points, indicating a positive open of 46.59 points. The Nasdaq and the S&P 500 futures indicated an upbeat start to their respective trading sessions.

Investors are currently keeping an eye on the capital city of Finland: Helsinki. On Monday, Trump and Putin will meet in the Finnish city to discuss a range of topics including relations between both nations and security issues.

The meeting comes just days after the U.S. Justice Department announced that special counsel Robert Mueller had acquired an indictment, that charges a dozen Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democrats to interfere in the U.S. election in 2016, and with stealing information of around half a million U.S. voters.

Elsewhere, investors will be keeping a close eye on the trade spat that has been going on between the U.S. and major economies such as China and the European Union.

Earnings season is back and Monday will see corporate results from the likes of Bank of America, BlackRock, JB Hunt Transport and Netflix.

On the economic front, retail sales are due out at 8:30 a.m. ET, along with the Empire State Manufacturing survey. Business inventories will then be released at 10 a.m. ET.

Not a Scientific Survey. Results may not total 100% due to rounding.

While no speeches by the U.S. central bank are set to take place, investors will be gearing up for a testimony Tuesday which will see Fed Chair Jerome Powell speaking in front of the House Financial Services Committee and the Senate Banking Committee about the state of the economy.

—CNBC’s Dan Mangan contributed to this report

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