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Stock futures point to modestly higher open

Stock futures point to modestly higher open

Stock futures were rising, pointing to a modestly higher opening Tuesday as investors await key readings on house prices and consumer confidence.
President Barack Obama is also expected to announce the reappointment of Ben Bernanke to a second four-year term as Federal Reserve chairman.
U.S. markets are moving opposite overseas markets, which were declining amid economic concerns in China.
Investors are entering trading cautiously ahead of a private research group's August consumer confidence reading. A recovery among consumers is considered vital to any potential economic rebound because their spending accounts for more than two-thirds of all economic activity.
Economists polled by Thomson Reuters expect the Conference Board's Consumer Confidence index to rise to 47.5 from 46.6 in July. Despite the expected improvement, consumers' confidence remains fragile amid ongoing job losses. A reading above 90 means the economy is on solid footing.
Traders also get a key report on house prices. The housing market, whose collapse helped lead to the recession more than a year ago, is showing signs of life as sales have started to pick up. However, prices continue to decline.
Ahead of the opening bell, Dow Jones industrial average futures rose 11, or 0.1 percent, to 9,504. Standard & Poor's 500 index futures rose 1.30, or 0.1 percent, to 1,025.80, while Nasdaq 100 index futures increased 2.00, or 0.1 percent, to 1,636.00.
Major indexes were little changed Monday after posting four consecutive daily gains last week. Stocks gave up early gains as financials retreated. Regional banks were especially hit hard amid concern about potential mounting losses from commercial real estate.
The Dow rose 3 points, while the S&P fell less than 1 point.
The dollar was mixed against other major currencies, while gold prices rose.
Overseas, Japan's Nikkei stock average fell 0.8 percent. In afternoon trading, Britain's FTSE 100 declined 0.2 percent, Germany's DAX index fell 0.1 percent, and France's CAC-40 declined 0.1 percent.


Updated : 2021-03-08 15:25 GMT+08:00