U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat open on Wall Street on Tuesday as investors awaited key housing data a day after the S&P 500 index jumped to its highest close in seven months.
Investors will be eyeing an industry report on pending sales of previously owned homes, which are expected to have risen 0.5 percent in April, according to a Reuters poll. The National Association of Realtors Pending Home Sales Index rose 3.2 percent to 84.6 in March.
Pending home sales will probably be a little bit weaker than the last time, which could knock some of the wind out. But the key remains with the general trend of improving economic numbers, said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Avalon Partners.
However, the market has gotten a little ahead of itself, and is likely to pull back over the next couple of days in spite of perhaps improving economic data ahead of the labor market report. The government will report employment data on Friday.
S&P 500 futures rose 3.10 points and were below 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 fell 7 points, while Nasdaq 100 futures gained 5 points.
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Improving confidence may lessen U.S. banks' interest in programs designed by the government to reduce toxic assets on their balance sheets, U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told CNBC during a visit to Beijing.
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(Reporting by Chuck Mikolajczak; editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)