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Stock futures point higher ahead of open

Stock futures point higher ahead of open

Wall Street appeared headed for a rebound Tuesday, with stock futures pointing higher after weeks of unrelenting selling.
The gains in U.S. futures follow an advance on most overseas markets, as investors around the world cherrypick for bargains among battered stocks.
With the major indexes losing more than 25 percent so far this year, and trading at levels not seen in more than 11 years, a bounce is to be expected. The question is whether the market can sustain any sort of advance. With few economic and corporate reports this week, analysts expect the market to waver as it searches for a direction.
The lone economic report on Tuesday will come from the Commerce Department, which releases data on wholesale trade inventories for January this morning.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will speak before the Council of Foreign Relations on overhauling the U.S. bank regulatory system. Meanwhile, White House budget director Peter Orszag will testify before the Senate Banking Committee and the Senate Budget Committee on President Obama's budget proposal.
Ahead of the market's open, Dow Jones industrial average futures rose 110, or 1.7 percent, to 6,638. Standard & Poor's 500 index futures added 15, or 2.2 percent, to 690.90, while Nasdaq 100 index futures gained 18.50, or 1.8 percent, to 1,065.50.
Overseas, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index jumped 3.08 percent. Japan's Nikkei stock average fell 0.44 percent. In late morning trading, Britain's FTSE 100 was up 0.54 percent, Germany's DAX index was up 1.40 percent, and France's CAC-40 was up 0.97 percent.
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Updated : 2021-03-01 17:22 GMT+08:00