U.S. stock index futures rise; Bernanke 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 0.7
percent, Dow Jones (DJc1: ) futures up 0.6 percent and Nasdaq 100
(NDc1: ) futures up 0.5 percent at 0825 GMT.

* At a meeting in South Korea over the weekend, the G20
agreed to shun competitive currency devaluations, although it
stopped short of setting targets to reduce trade imbalances.

* The dollar slid broadly on Monday, while commodity prices
surged after the G20 agreement and ahead of a speech by Federal
Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, where he may outline details of
an expected new round of U.S. monetary stimulus.

* European stocks rose in morning trade, led by heavyweight
mining shares climbing along with commodity prices.

* Shares of stock exchange operators will be in the
spotlight after Singapore Exchange (SGX) (SGXL.SI: ) unveiled an
agreed A$8.4 billion ($8.3 billion) takeover offer for
Sydney-based ASX Ltd (ASX.AX: ) to create Asia’s fourth-largest
stock exchange. [ID:nSGE69N02J]

* Bank of America Corp (BAC.N: ) acknowledged some mistakes in
foreclosure files as it begins to resubmit documents in 102,000
cases, the Wall Street Journal said. The bank found errors in 10
to 25 out of the first several hundred foreclosures it examined
starting last Monday, the newspaper said.

* The leisure sector will be in the spotlight after
InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG.L: ), the world’s top hotelier,
said revenue per available room in the Americas region was
boosted by the ongoing relaunch of its Holiday Inn hotels and
the return of business travellers.

* Economic events scheduled for Monday include existing home
sales for September, while earnings expected for Monday include
Amgen (AMGN.O: ), Lorillard Inc (LO.N: ), Plum Creek Timber (PCL.N: ),
Roper Industries (ROP.N: ) and Texas Instruments (TXN.N: ).

* U.S. stocks (Read more about the stock market today. ) capped a third straight week of gains on
Friday as encouraging earnings helped the market sustain upward
momentum, led by Baidu Inc (BIDU.O: ), the latest tech company to
beat estimates.

* The Dow Jones industrial average (.DJI: ) dropped 14.01
points, or 0.13 percent, to 11,132.56. The Standard & Poor’s 500
Index (.SPX: ) gained 2.82 points, or 0.24 percent, to 1,183.08.
The Nasdaq Composite Index (.IXIC: ) gained 19.72 points, or 0.80
percent, to 2,479.39. For the week the Dow and the S&P 500 each
rose 0.6 percent, while the Nasdaq climbed 0.4 percent.
(Reporting by Blaise Robinson; Editing by Jon Loades-Carter)

U.S. stock index futures rise; Bernanke eyed