Stock index futures pointed to a higher open for Wall Street on Tuesday, adding to gains from the previous session, with futures for the S&P 500, for the Dow Jones and for the Nasdaq up 0.1-0.2 percent by 1007 GMT.
Merger activity drove the Dow and S&P to 2-1/2 year highs on Monday, in a sign more gains could be in store for equities.
Corporate earnings will once again dictate near-term direction, with Walt Disney
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On the economic front, U.S. consumer credit surged in December as shoppers boosted their credit-card debt for the first time in more than two years, supporting views economic activity was gathering momentum.
U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is to deliver semi-annual monetary policy testimony to Congress on March 1 and 2, aides said on Monday.
European shares were lower in early trade, in a broad sell-off from the previous session's 29-month closing high.
(Reporting by Harpreet Bhal; Editing by Dan Lalor)