June 17, 2020 / 10:50 AM / 19 days ago

US STOCKS-Futures inch higher on hopes of quick economic revival

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* Futures up: Dow 0.23%, S&P 0.30%, Nasdaq 0.39%

By Medha Singh and Devik Jain

June 17 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures rose on Wednesday as signs of more official stimulus supported hopes of an economic recovery from a coronavirus-led slump, even as six U.S. states saw a record rise in new COVID-19 cases.

The S&P 500 wrapped up its best three-day percentage rise in a month on Tuesday after a report on a massive fiscal stimulus plan, and a stunning retail sales report for May reflected a pickup in demand as businesses reopened.

Encouraging economic data and trillions of dollars in monetary and fiscal stimulus have propelled a rally in the Wall Street indexes from their late-March trough.

The benchmark S&P 500 and the Dow now remain about 8% and 11% below their respective record closing highs hit in February, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq hovered about 1% below its all-time closing high on June 10.

However, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell warned on Tuesday that a full recovery is unlikely until the public is confident that the disease in under control, as he testified before U.S. lawmakers. The second day of his virtual hearing will begin at 12 p.m. ET (1400 GMT).

Six U.S. states including Arizona, Florida and Oklahoma saw a record increase in new coronavirus infections on Tuesday as states pushed ahead with reopening. Beijing extended its movement curbs as it fought the worst resurgence of the disease since early February.

At 6:16 a.m. ET, Dow e-minis were up 60 points, or 0.23%. S&P 500 e-minis were up 9.25 points, or 0.3% and Nasdaq 100 e-minis were up 39 points, or 0.39%.

Cruise operator Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd tumbled 9.4% in premarket trading as it extended the suspension of its voyages through end of September due to the virus outbreak.

Other cruise operators Carnival Corp and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd also dropped between 4.3% and 4.4%. (Reporting by Devik Jain and Medha Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)

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