PARIS ( Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street on Tuesday, after President Barack Obama announced plans to extend tax breaks.
At 0950 GMT, futures for the S&P 500, Dow Jones and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.7-0.9 percent.
The FTSEurofirst 300 <.FTEU3> index of leading European shares was up 1.1 percent at 1117.37 points, within a whisker of a two-year high, with sectors across the board rising.
Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen was expected to get his fiscal plan through parliament and avert the risk of a snap election.
Obama announced a framework agreement with Republicans that would renew tax cuts for wealthier Americans as well as the middle class, as Republicans had wanted. The deal was expected to extend breaks on dividends and capital gains.
Japanese group Daikin Industries <6367.T>, the world's second-biggest maker of air conditioners, is in talks to buy U.S.-based rival Goodman Global Group from a U.S. buyout firm, Bloomberg reported.
Oil fell from a 26-month high on reports China, the world's second-largest crude user, will raise interest rates as soon as this weekend, dampening investor enthusiasm for commodities driven by Asian demand.
The China Securities Journal reported this weekend offered a sensitive window for a rate rise, which would be the country's second in its current tightening cycle.
The U.S. government sold its remaining shares in Citigroup Inc
Economic indicators on tap for Tuesday included the weekly ICSC/Goldman Sachs chain store sales, the Retail Sales Index of department and chain store sales, and the IBD consumer confidence index for December. Also, the Federal Reserve will issues October consumer credit.
On the earnings side, AutoZone
Worries about Europe's debt crisis frustrated investors looking for a reason to take stocks to new highs for the year as major indexes ended flat on Monday.
The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> dropped 19.90 points, or 0.2 percent, to 11,362.19. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> shed 1.59 points, or 0.1 percent, to 1,223.12. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> gained 3.46 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,594.92.
(Reporting by Blaise Robinson and Brian Gorman; Editing by Dan Lalor)