Stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street on Monday ahead of key housing data.
* At 4:10 a.m. EDT futures for the S&P 500 were 0.7 percent, Dow Jones futures were up 0.8 percent and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.8 percent.
* Fears over the swine flu outbreak eased over the weekend as the Mexican health ministry announced its flu epidemic had passed the worst and experts said the virus might be no more severe than normal flu, although it could still have an impact on world health.
* Renewed worries over banks could weigh on the market. The Financial Times reported, citing people close to the situation, that Bank of America Corp
* Shares in Bank of America traded in Frankfurt
* Warren Buffett attacked the government's stress tests of 19 large U.S. banks, saying they failed to properly assess the industry's health, and that he would buy more shares in three big banks in which Berkshire Hathaway Inc
* Asian shares rose to a seven-month peak on Monday, propelled by confidence the global economy is recovering faster than expected and on a further jump in Taiwanese shares on hopes for an influx of Chinese investment.
* European stocks were up 0.6 percent in early trade, buoyed by renewed hopes for the global economy, but volumes were thin as UK markets were closed for a holiday.
* On the macro front, investors were eagerly awaiting U.S. monthly pending home sales data for insight on the health of the housing market.
* China's manufacturing sector posted its best performance in nine months in April, a private survey showed on Monday, offering fresh evidence the global economy may be picking up from its sharpest slump in six decades.
* The auto industry will be in focus after Italy's Fiat SpA
* American International Group Inc
* Japanese markets were closed on Monday for a public holiday.
* U.S. stocks gained ground on Friday as rising oil prices boosted energy shares and fresh economic data suggested key parts of the economy could be stabilizing.
(Reporting by Blaise Robinson; Editing by Greg Mahlich)