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U.S. stock index futures climbed on Monday on hopes of a coronavirus vaccine by the year end, while remarks from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi revived bets that an agreement in Washington on a fiscal package could be reached soon.

By Medha Singh

Oct 19 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures climbed on Monday on hopes of a coronavirus vaccine by the year end, while remarks from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi revived bets that an agreement in Washington on a fiscal package could be reached soon.

U.S. planemaker Boeing Co's BA.N shares rose about 1% in premarket trading as American Airlines Group AAL.O announced plans to return its 737 Max jets to service by the end of this year depending on certification of the aircraft from the Federal Aviation Administration.

American Airlines shares gained 0.9%.

Pelosi said on Sunday that differences remained with President Donald Trump's administration on a wide-ranging coronavirus aid package, but she was optimistic legislation could be pushed through before Election Day.

Meanwhile, Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden will debate for a final time on Thursday with about two weeks left until the Nov. 3 presidential election.

Wall Street's main indexes logged slight gains last week — the third in a row for the benchmark S&P 500 .SPX and the blue-chip Dow .DJI — as news that a COVID-19 vaccine could be available by November helped offset worries about the elusive federal aid bill.

This week investors will also look to results from International Business Machines Corp IBM.N and Netflix Inc NFLX.O.

At 06:27 a.m. ET, Dow E-minis 1YMcv1 were up 0.68% at 28,6000 points and S&P 500 E-minis EScv1 were up 0.76% at 3,488 points. Nasdaq 100 E-minis NQcv1 rose 1% to 11,916 points.

Oilfield services provider Halliburton Co HAL.N posted its fourth consecutive quarterly loss as this year's slump in oil prices due to the COVID-19 pandemic hit demand for its services. Its shares, which have lost about half of their value this year, were up 1.2%.

American Equity Investment Life Holding Co AEL.N dropped 2.8% as it said it had entered into a strategic partnership with Brookfield Asset Management Inc BAMa.TO and rejected an unsolicited acquisition proposal from Athene Holding Ltd ATH.N and Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co.

(Reporting by Medha Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)

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