US STOCKS-Futures hit record high on stimulus hopes, speedy vaccine rollout

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US STOCKS-Futures hit record high on stimulus hopes, speedy vaccine rollout
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* Futures up: Dow 0.39%, S&P 0.35%, Nasdaq 0.42%

By Devik Jain and Shreyashi Sanyal

Feb 8 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures hit a record high on Monday as investors were optimistic that a massive fiscal relief package and a rapid vaccination rollout would drive a speedy economic recovery from the pandemic-driven recession.

The S&P 500 .SPX and the Nasdaq .IXIC closed at record levels on Friday and logged their best weekly performance since the U.S. elections in early November, following upbeat earnings and economic data last week.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said on Sunday if Congress approves the $1.9 trillion plan, the country would get back to full employment next year.

Last week, Congress approved a budget plan that would allow a coronavirus relief bill to muscle through in the coming weeks without Republican support. in vaccination efforts and upbeat fourth-quarter earnings have propped up investor confidence despite fears of a short-term pullback in stocks due to heightened valuations and increasing coronavirus infections.

According to the U.S. CDC, 31.59 million people have received one or more doses of COVID-19 vaccines, while 9.15 million people got the second dose as of Sunday. 6:43 a.m. ET, Dow e-minis 1YMcv1 were up 122 points, or 0.39%, S&P 500 e-minis EScv1 were up 13.5 points, or 0.35%, and Nasdaq 100 e-minis NQcv1 were up 57.75 points, or 0.42%.

Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS ) Co DIS.N , Cisco Systems Inc CSCO.O and General Motors Co (NYSE: GM ) GM.N were all up between 1.6% and 2.5% in premarket trading, ahead of their earnings reports this week.

S&P 500 companies now on track to post earnings growth for the fourth quarter as opposed to a decline forecast previously, according to Refinitiv IBES data.

Oil prices rose to their highest in a over a year, lifting Marathon Oil Corp (NYSE: MRO ) MRO.N , Schlumberger NV (NYSE: SLB ) SLB.N , Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE: XOM ) XOM.N , Chevron Corp (NYSE: CVX ) CVX.N and Occidental Petroleum Corp (NYSE: OXY ) OXY.N by between 2.1% and 2.4%. O/R

Hasbro Inc HAS.O rose 2.6% after the toymaker beat analysts' estimates for quarterly revenue on higher demand for its board games and "Magic: The Gathering" collectible cards.

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