U.S. stock futures rose on Monday in what’s expected to be a week dominated by central bank chatter as a key conference of Federal Reserve policymakers convenes.

What’s happening

Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average
YM00,
+0.31%

rose 102 points;

Futures on the S&P 500
ES00,
+0.26%

rose 0.3%;

Futures on the Nasdaq 100
NQ00,
+0.27%

rose 0.3%.

Last week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average
DJIA,
+0.65%
,
S&P 500
SPX,
+0.81%

and Nasdaq Composite
COMP,
+1.19%

each retreated.

What’s driving markets

The Kansas City Fed’s annual Jackson Hole retreat kicks off on Thursday, with Fed Chair Jerome Powell addressing the event — now online instead of inperson — on Friday. Economists expect him to discuss the progress toward reducing the rate of bond purchases, but not formally end the program.

“Seems like an odd time to pull back accommodation. While the FOMC has yet to concede that the delta variant is putting a real dent in the economy’s trajectory, our economic activity index has flatlined for about eight weeks,” said analysts at Jefferies.

Powell’s position at the Fed seems to be in good standing. According to a Bloomberg News article, Powell’s re-appointment is supported by Treasury Sec. Janet Yellen, and that Biden will make his decision around Labor Day.

Other markets

Bitcoin
BTCUSD,
+3.84%

reclaimed the $50,000 mark.

The Nikkei 225
NIK,
+1.78%

rose nearly 2% to lead a broad Asian market advance.

Oil
CL.1,
+3.35%

futures gained 3%.

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