Stock futures rebound as stimulus hopes calm recession worries

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By Sanjana Shivdas

(Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures rose more than 4% on Tuesday, rebounding from a 7% slump a day earlier, as hopes of coordinated policy action soothed investor nerves over a global recession fueled by the coronavirus epidemic.

Wall Street logged its biggest one-day percentage fall on Monday and the Dow Jones () tumbled as much as 2,000 points, also weighed down by a crash in oil prices following a price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia.

Sentiment was bolstered overnight after President Donald Trump promised “major” steps to combat the virus outbreak and said he would discuss a payroll tax cut with congressional Republicans.

Oil also recouped some losses from its biggest one-day decline since the Gulf War in 1991, supported by expectations for a settlement to the price war and potential U.S. output cuts. [O/R]

Oil majors Exxon Mobil Corp (N:) and Chevron Corp (N:) climbed more than 7% in premarket trading, while Occidental Petroleum Corp (N:), Apache Corp (N:) and Marathon Oil Corp (N:) jumped between 20% and 29%. At 6:10 a.m. ET, were up 1,038 points, or 4.35%. S&P 500 e-minis were up 123.25 points, or 4.49% and were up 366.25 points, or 4.61%.

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