US STOCKS-Futures rise after Clinton seen winner of debate
* Futures up: Dow 51 pts, S&P 7.5 pts, Nasdaq 15.5 pts
By Yashaswini Swamynathan
Oct 10 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures rose on Monday after Democrat Hillary Clinton was widely seen as the winner of the second presidential debate.
* A Clinton presidency would be more positive for the markets because her positions are more well known than those of her Republican rival Donald Trump, according to a Reuters poll.
* A CNN/ORC snap poll of debate watchers found that 57 percent thought Clinton won the encounter, versus 34 percent for Trump.
* Investors are also bracing for the third-quarter earnings season, which unofficially kicks off on Tuesday when aluminum producer Alcoa reports. Earnings of S&P 500 companies are expected to drop 0.7 percent, according to Thomson Reuters data.
* Wall Street slipped on Friday as the pound dropped and a weaker-than-expected U.S. payrolls number did little to dampen hopes of an interest rate hike by the end of this year.
* The dollar, which has been swinging between gains and losses for the past five days, was up 0.11 percent against a basket of major currencies. The pound fell again on Monday.
* The U.S. bond market was closed for the Columbus Day holiday. Continuación...