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By Medha Singh

(Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures rose on Monday on hopes of stimulus-fueled economic recovery even though sentiment remained fragile amid growing evidence of a surge in the coronavirus infections.

Trillions of dollars in monetary and fiscal support, the reopening of businesses and improving economic data have helped the S&P 500 () climb about 41% from its March lows, leaving it only about 9% of its Feb. 19 record high.

Rising virus infection rates, however, remained an overhang on the markets, especially after the World Health Organization reported a record rise in global coronavirus cases on Sunday.

On Friday, both the S&P 500 () and the Dow () ended a choppy session in the red after Apple Inc’s (O:) move to temporarily shut some U.S. stores brought back concerns of a delay in recovery of business activity.

At 6:18 a.m. ET, were up 194 points, or 0.76%. S&P 500 e-minis were up 26 points, or 0.85% and were up 86.5 points, or 0.87%.

American Airlines Group Inc (O:) slipped 5.8% in premarket trading as it planned to secure $3.5 billion in new financing, to improve the airline’s liquidity as it grapples with travel restrictions caused by the coronavirus.

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2020-06-22