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US STOCKS-Futures rise as JPMorgan kicks off earnings season on strong note

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* JPM rises after Q1 profit beat

* Anadarko jumps on Chevron's$33 bln deal

* Futures up: Dow 0.70%, S&P 0.54%, Nasdaq 0.47%

By Shreyashi Sanyal and Sruthi Shankar

April 12 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures rose on Fridayafter JPMorgan kicked off first-quarter earnings season on astrong note, while signs of stabilization in China's economyhelped ease global growth concerns.

JPMorgan Chase & CoJPM.N rose 2.5% after the largest U.S.bank by assets topped quarterly earnings expectations, helped byhigher interest income and gains in the bank's advisory and debtunderwriting business.

Shares of Well Fargo & Co WFC.N climbed 1.7%, ahead of itsquarterly earnings report.

S&P 500 companies are expected to post their first profitcontraction since 2016 in the first quarter, with analystsprojecting a 2.5 percent drop in earnings. Also, S&P 500 banksare expected to post earnings growth of 1.8%, down from an 8.2%rise estimated six months ago, according to Refinitiv data.

The S&P banks index .SPXBK has risen 12.8% this year,compared with a 15.2% gain for the S&P 500.

Data from China showed exports rebounded in March butimports shrank for a fourth straight month and at a sharperpace. The data, which eased concerns about a slowdown in world'ssecond largest economy, and a jump in oil prices offered supportto global equities.

Grabbing the spotlight in the energy sector was ChevronCorp's CVX.N$33 billion offer to buy smaller rival AnadarkoPetroleum CorpAPC.N . Shares of Anadarko jumped 30.3%, whileChevron fell 4%.

At 7:14 a.m. ET, Dow e-minis 1YMc1 were up 183 points, or0.7%. S&P 500 e-minis ESc1 were up 15.5 points, or 0.54% andNasdaq 100 e-minis NQc1 were up 35.75 points, or 0.47%.

The S&P 500 index .SPX is now less than 2% away from itsall-time high hit in September, helped by the Federal Reserve'spatient stance on raising interest rates and signs of progressin the U.S.-China trade talks.

Investors are hoping that a trade deal with China and abetter-than-feared quarterly earnings season will help push WallStreet above its September high.

Walt Disney CoDIS.N gained 3.2% after the company pricedit highly anticipated streaming service in a bid to challengethe digital dominance of Netflix IncNFLX.O . Netflix shareswere down 0.7%.

New York-listed shares of Fiat Chrysler FCAU.K rose 3.1%after its chairman provided an upbeat outlook for the full year.


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