Stocks ready for a strong start ahead of retail sales

U.S. stocks are poised for a strong start Monday morning. Global stock markets got a boost after Japan's economy grew at faster-than-expected pace.

The economic plate is full this morning with retail sales and manufacturing data coming ahead of the opening bell and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke speaking later in the day. GM's first earnings report is in focus this morning.

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