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Stock futures rise slightly as oil prices stabilize

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Stock futures bounced slightly in overnight trading on Monday.

Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 25 points. S&P 500 futures added 0.3%.

The gains came as the more actively-traded June oil contract rebounded by 2%. The May contract, which triggered Monday's stock sell-off with a bizarre move below zero into negative prices, remained negative.

IBM dipped 2.3% in extended trading after the company reported a 3.4% decline in revenue in the first quarterĀ from a year ago amid the spread of coronavirus. Coca-Cola, Netflix and Chipotle are on deck to report earnings on Tuesday.

Stocks dropped on Monday to start another likely volatile week, with the Dow falling nearly 600 points, as an unprecedented plunge in oil prices weighed on investor sentiment.Ā West Texas IntermediateĀ crude for May delivery fell more than 100% to settle at negative $37.63 per barrel, highlighting justĀ how much demand has collapsed due to theĀ coronavirusĀ pandemic.

Still, the international benchmarkĀ Brent crudeĀ and the June WTI contract both were still above $20 per barrel. The June contract, which fell 18% to settle at $20.43 on Monday, is a better reflection of theĀ reality in the oil market.

Also on Monday, the SenateĀ failed to reach a dealĀ on the next package to rescue an economy and health care system ravaged by the global pandemic. However, a vote is set up as soon as Tuesday afternoon to replenish a key small business aid program.Ā 

Investors continued to monitor the coronavirus pandemic and the country's plan to reopen the economy. Signs have emerged that New York is past the worst of its outbreak. Georgia on MondayĀ rolled out aggressive plansĀ to reopen the state's economy, calling for many businesses to reopen their doors as early as Friday.

"Market volatility remains intense, as subtle changes in the tone of the news drives dramatic shifts in investor sentiment," said Mark Hackett, Nationwide's chief of investment research. "Markets rallied sharply last week on hope that the worst of the outbreak is behind us. This optimism is likely to face headwinds, as the reopening of the economy is heading for an intense debate."

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