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Stock futures and government bonds climbed Monday as investors awaited a slate of Federal Reserve speakers and data on the manufacturing sector.

Futures tied to the S&P 500 rose almost 1% and contracts for the Nasdaq-100 advanced 1.2% after a bruising week for technology stocks. The broad advance came as the yield on 10-year Treasury notes, the benchmark borrowing cost in global debt markets, slipped to 1.445% from 1.459% Friday. Read our full market wrap.

What’s Coming Up

Earnings are due from

MBIA


MBI 3.99%

before markets open.

Zoom Video Communications


ZM 2.43%

and

Switch


SWCH 0.17%

will give updates after the close.

IHS Markit’s U.S. manufacturing index for February, due at 9:45 a.m. ET, is expected to hold steady at 58.5, unchanged from a preliminary reading. The Institute for Supply Management’s manufacturing index for February at 10 a.m. is expected to tick up to 58.9 from 58.7 a month earlier.

U.S. construction spending for January, due at 10 a.m., is expected to increase 0.8% from a month earlier.

Market Movers to Watch

Palantir


PLTR -0.25%

shares jumped 6% ahead of the bell. The move marks a directional shift after the stock suffered its biggest weekly selloff since going public.

Apollo Endosurgery


APEN 1.63%

soared more than 90% premarket. Monday morning it said one of its products had received an FDA designation as a breakthrough medical device, which could help patients gain access more quickly.

Teladoc Health


TDOC 0.70%

shares gained 4.4% premarket. It seems investors think that even a vaccine rollout won’t ding the provider of remote medical care via telephone and internet.

Johnson & Johnson


JNJ -2.64%

shares added 2.5% premarket. The first single-dose Covid-19 vaccine, a shot from Johnson & Johnson, was authorized for use, a big boost for a mass-vaccination campaign rushing to end the deadliest pandemic in more than a century.

Herbalife


HLF 0.45%

shares gained 3.1%. The company plans to overhaul its board as

Carl Icahn

winds down his eight-year involvement with the company and it looks to burnish its standing with other investors.

An Herbalife office in Torrance, Calif. on Aug. 28, 2020.



Photo:

Mario Tama/Getty Images

Berkshire Hathaway


BRK.B -1.30%

class-B shares gained 2.2% premarket. The conglomerate posted an increased fourth-quarter profit Saturday, with

Warren Buffett

using his annual missive to investors to explain a recent surge in stock buybacks.

Market Fact

Crude futures jumped early Monday, with both Brent and WTI up 1.3%, as the hefty U.S. Covid-19 relief plan moved closer to confirmation and after Tehran rejected direct nuclear talks, reducing the prospect of Iranian oil making it to the market.

Chart of the Day

The pandemic savings glut has flooded German banks, encouraging them to charge negative rates on deposits and to offer customers ways to transfer money to other parts of Europe.

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