U.S. stock futures gave up some ground nearer the open Tuesday but remained in the black as consumer prices rose slightly as expected while markets chewed on remarks made by St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President James Bullard in London.

At an event in London, Bullard said that retaining interest rates at zero in the U.S. is no longer appropriate but that if the Fed were to raise interest rates in the summer, the monetary policy would nevertheless remain “accommodative.”

In economic data out Tuesday, the February consumer price index rose 0.2% as expected from January, when it fell 0.7%. The consensus range was between a 0.1% and a 0.7% gain, according to data compiled by Econoday.

The FHFA house price index for January meanwhile only rose 0.3% in January, missing the expected 0.5% increase. In December house prices rose 0.8%. The consensus range was between a gain of 0.3% and 1.7%. At 10:00 a.m., another housing data point is expected to show 462,000 new home sales in February compared to 481,000 in January. The consensus range is between 433,000 and 485,000.

Meanwhile, at 9:45 a.m., the flash Markit PMI manufacturing index for March is expected to have edged down to 54.7 for March compared to the final 55.1 in February.

In equities, Whiting Petroleum ( WLL ) plunged over 20% in recent pre-market trade after announcing a stock and notes offering late Monday to repay debt. Communications technology company Sonus Networks ( SONS ) also dropped, by nearly a third, when it came off a trade halt at 8:00 a.m. after cutting its Q1 revenue projections and predicting a loss.


-Dow Jones Industrial up 0.19%

-S&P 500 futures up 0.17%

-Nasdaq 100 futures up 0.17%

-Nasdaq 100 pre-market indicator up 0.13%


Nikkei down 0.21%

Hang Seng down 0.39%

Shanghai Composite up 0.02%

FTSE-100 up 0.09%

DAX-30 down 0.02%


(+/-) Large cap tech: mixed

(+/-) Chip stocks: mixed

(+) Software stocks: unchanged to higher

(+) Hardware stocks: unchanged to higher

(+) Internet stocks: higher

(+) Drug stocks: higher

(+/-) Financial stocks: mixed

(+) Retail stocks: unchanged to higher

(+) Industrial stocks: unchanged to higher

(-) Airlines: lower

(+/-) Autos: mixed


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