Futures pointed to a slight rebound on Wall Street on Tuesday, with futures for the S&P 500 up 0.46 percent, Dow Jones futures up 0.41 percent and Nasdaq 100 futures up 0.34 percent at 5:28 a.m. ET.
* European stocks inched higher in morning trade, following the previous session's sell-off, but the rebound was limited by simmering fears of mass euro zone sovereign ratings downgrades that kept investors on edge.
* Investors' focus will be on the outcome of the Federal Reserve's meeting on Tuesday, with the Fed seen holding off offering the U.S. economy fresh stimulus as it weighs encouraging signs on the recovery against risks coming from Europe.
* On the macro front, investors awaited November retail sales, as well as business inventories.
* Exchange operators NYSE Euronext
* Washington Mutual Inc
* Medtronic Inc
* HTC Corp <2498.TW>, the world's No.4 smartphone maker, has filed a criminal complaint against Citigroup Inc's
* U.S. stocks tumbled on Monday, as concerns about Europe returned to the forefront after major credit rating agencies warned European leaders had not done enough to tackle the region's debt crisis.
* The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> was down 162.72 points, or 1.34 percent, at 12,021.54. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> was down 18.70 points, or 1.49 percent, at 1,236.49. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> was down 34.59 points, or 1.31 percent, at 2,612.26.
(Reporting by Blaise Robinson; Editing by David Hulmes)