U.S. stock futures signal gains; Caterpillar eyed

* U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Wall
Street on Monday, with futures for the S&P 500 (SPc1: ) up 0.16
percent, Dow Jones (DJc1: ) futures up 0.16 percent and Nasdaq 100
(NDc1: ) futures up 0.1 percent at 0906 GMT.

* Companies set to report quarterly earnings include Dow
component Caterpillar Inc (CAT.N: ), Boston Scientific (BSX.N: ),
Texas Instruments (TXN.N: ) and BlackRock Inc (BLK.N: ). [RESF/US]

* Greece’s finance minister said on Sunday that aid will
arrive in time to avert the euro zone’s first sovereign debt
default as signs grew that a 45 billion-euro ($60.49 billion)
rescue would have to be bigger.

Greece’s debt troubles dominated weekend talks among world
financial leaders in Washington after Athens bowed to intense
pressure from markets and requested funds from the European
Union and the IMF in what would be the first bailout of a euro
zone member. [ID:nN14251988]

* The two Democratic Senators charged with writing rules for
the $450 trillion private swaps market are near a deal, and will
include a provision to require banks to spin off swaps desks,
people familiar with the talks said on Sunday. [ID:nN25166598]

* UAL Corp’s (UAUA.O: ) United Airlines and Continental
Airlines (CAL.N: ) disagree over the price of a potential
stock-for-stock merger, according to source familiar with the
situation. [ID:nN25188092]

* U.S. car rental firm Hertz Global Holdings Inc (HTZ.N: ) had
agreed to buy smaller rival Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc
(DTG.N: ) for about $1.2 billion to boost its presence in the
leisure rental market.

* Japan’s Canon Inc (7751.T: ) raised its annual outlook
closer to market expectations on Monday after posting a more
than fourfold jump in quarterly profit on brisk demand for
digital cameras and printers. [ID:nTOE63M07U]

* U.S. clinical research company Charles River Laboratories
International (CRL.N: ) said on Monday it had agreed to buy
China’s WuXi PharmaTech (WX.N: ) for $1.6 billion to expand its
contract research and drug development services.

* U.S. industrials group Emerson Electric (EMR.N: ) has made a
723 million pounds ($1.1 billion) approach for Chloride Group
(CHLD.L: ) in its second attempt to buy the power protection
company to strengthen its position in Europe.

* Best Buy (BBY.N: ), the world’s No.1 electricals retailer,
will do whatever it takes to succeed in the UK, joint venture
partner Carphone Warehouse (CPW.L: ) said as it raised profit
expectations for the third time in six months.

* Oil edged higher on Monday with Brent touching an 18-month
high, as robust U.S. economic data boosted hopes of a sustained
recovery in the world’s largest energy user, but dollar strength
capped oil’s gains.

* European stocks were up 1 percent in morning trade, led by
banking shares such as BNP Paribas (BNPP.PA: ) and Barclays on
easing worries over Greece’s debt woes [.EU], while Japan’s
Nikkei average jumped 2.3 percent.

* U.S. stocks (Read more about the stock market today. ) rose to a 19-month high on Friday as Merck
eased concerns about the impact of healthcare reform, saying its
costs will be relatively low.

* The Dow Jones industrial average (.DJI: ) gained 69.99
points, or 0.63 percent, to 11,204.28. The Standard & Poor’s 500
Index (.SPX: ) rose 8.61 points, or 0.71 percent, to 1,217.28. The
Nasdaq Composite Index (.IXIC: ) added 11.08 points, or 0.44
percent, to 2,530.15.

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(Reporting by Blaise Robinson; Editing by Hans Peters)

U.S. stock futures signal gains; Caterpillar eyed