U.S. stock-index futures pointed to a slightly higher open on Tuesday, in what is expected to be a thin day of trade during the last session of the year.
Stock futures retained modest gains after data had the S&P/Case-Shiller home-price index rising0.2 percent in October from the month before, and 13.6 percent from the year earlier. Chicago PMI for December is due at 9:45 a.m. Eastern and consumer confidence for December is set to be released at 10 a.m. Eastern.
Trading volume is expected to be thin -- as is typical during the holidays -- with Wall Street closed on Wednesday for New Year's day. The NYSE is open for a full day of trading on Tuesday.
There are no major company reports expected.
It comes after stocks finished little changed on Monday, with the S&P 500 on track for its largest yearly increase in 16 years, after a report on pending home sales came in below expectations.