Wall Street was poised for a lower open on Monday as investors assessed the potential strength of an economic recovery ahead of a round of key data this week.
Energy shares could come under pressure as oil fell below $69 a barrel as the dollar strengthened. While higher oil prices can be a boon for energy companies, rising prices can lead consumers to further curb spending.
Investors were cautious ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting that starts on Tuesday, bracing for Fed guidance on growth and any hints on expanding the central bank's $300 billion program of Treasuries purchases. Housing and gross domestic product data are also expected this week.
As well, investors are watching the Treasury's record $104 billion worth of bond auctions scheduled this week to finance massive spending aimed at reviving the world's biggest economy.
The enthusiasm for a 'V-shaped' recovery has been tempered by the realization that there remains systemic risk in the economy, said Andre Bakhos, president of Princeton Financial Group in Princeton, New Jersey.
S&P 500 futures fell 7.10 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 slid 61 points, and Nasdaq 100 futures lost 10.25 points.
After a sharp three-month rally, indexes eased last week as traders increasingly questioned if stocks are due for a correction. Worries the economic recovery could be tepid have dented optimism that drove the S&P 500 up by as much as 40 percent from March's 12-year low.
Adding to the caution, the World Bank said Monday that prospects for the global economy remain unusually uncertain as it cut 2009 growth forecasts for most economies. For details, see [ID:nLM634869]
Shares of Apple Inc
On Friday, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq rose as positive broker comments on Microsoft boosted technology shares, but the major averages lost ground for the week for the first time in five weeks.
(Reporting by Leah Schnurr; editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)