U.S. stock index futures rose on Tuesday after strong quarterly results from bellwethers Apple and Caterpillar pointed to a strong earnings season.

* Apple Inc's profits and sales streaked past Wall Street forecasts on Monday as iPhone and Mac personal computer sales hit quarterly records, sending its shares jumping to all-time highs in extended trading on Monday. The stock jumped 6.3 percent to $201.83 in premarket trade.

* U.S. machinery maker Caterpillar Inc posted stronger-than-expected quarterly earnings and raised its full-year forecast. Caterpillar shares jumped 5.3 percent in premarket.

* DuPont Co reported an 11 percent jump in third-quarter profit on Tuesday, topping estimates, but narrowed its earnings forecast for the year.

* Texas Instruments Inc posted better-than-expected results on Monday, citing strong demand from the various industries that uses its chips. The shares rose 2.8 percent to $24.18 in light trading.

* Drugmaker Pfizer Inc
said quarterly profit was up and beat estimates, while diversified U.S. manufacturer United Technologies Corp reported a drop in profit, but still beat estimates, Pfizer shares added nearly 2 percent to $17.98.

* Soft drink giant Coca-Cola Co was the remaining Dow component still scheduled to report on Tuesday.

* It is an earnings-driven market right now, said Andre Bakhos, president of Princeton Financial Group in North Brunswick, New Jersey.

* As long as well perceived earnings continue to be reported, this will serve as fuel for the market.

* S&P 500 futures rose 7.1 points and were above fair value, a formula that evaluates pricing by taking into account interest rates, dividends and time to expiration on the contract. Dow Jones industrial average futures added 51 points, while Nasdaq futures gained 19.25 points.

* Adecco SA , the world's largest staffing company, agreed to buy American rival MPS Group Inc for $1.3 billion, boosting its high-margin and more recession-resistant professional staffing business.

* IMS Health Inc , which provides data on prescription drug sales, is in talks with private equity firms about selling the company, sources said Monday.

* Boeing Co fell 2.5 percent to $52.10 premarket after the airplane maker was downgraded to underweight by Morgan Stanley. The firm said shares may face downward pressure on likely poor aircraft order demand.

* Economic data for Tuesday includes U.S. housing starts data for September as well as U.S. producer prices data, both due at 8:30 a.m. EDT <1230 GMT>.

* European shares were up Tuesday. Asian stocks rose to a 14-month high after strong sales numbers from Apple suggested U.S. consumers are spending more and as the weak U.S. dollar pushed commodity prices higher.

* U.S. stocks advanced to fresh 12-month highs on Monday as investors rode the wave of solid quarterly earnings.

* The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> added 96.28 points, or 0.96 percent, to end at 10,092.19. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> gained 10.23 points, or 0.94 percent, to 1,097.91. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> added 19.52 points, or 0.91 percent, to 2,176.32.

(Reporting by Chuck Mikolajczak; editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)