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US stock futures rise on Chinese manufacturing data

U.S. stock-index futures rose on Tuesday after a report showed expansion in Chinese manufacturing, bolstering optimism about coming data on factory activity in the United States.

Shares of Netflix rose in early New York trading after Goldman Sachs upgraded the video-subscription service to buy from neutral; Symantec fell after Bank of Montreal downgraded the security company to market perform from outperform.

"The global picture seems to be better, especially on the China demand story," said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at Wunderlich Securities.

China's official purchasing managers' index for June came in at a six-month high of 51, in line with expectations and up from 50.8 in May.

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"Seasonality is in our favor too, oddly enough, July is a good month for us," Hogan added of historical trends that have equities rising more often than not in July.

Less positively, data showed that manufacturing activity in the euro zone slid to a seven-month low in June.

In the U.S., the manufacturing ISM index is expected to show a small bump in activity to a six-month high, after May's reading of 55.4. The index will be published at 10 a.m. ET.

Other data due during the day are construction spending for May and the IBD/TIPP economic optimism index.

French bank BNP Paribas has pleaded guilty to two criminal charges relating to allegations that it violated U.S. sanctions. It has agreed to pay around $9 billion in fines and has been prevented from clearing some transactions in U.S. dollars for one year.

Ukraine tensions back?

Investors are likely to remain cautious following reports early on Tuesday that Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko ended the unilateral ceasefire with pro-Russian rebels in the eastern part of the country.

"We will attack and free our lands. The decision not to continue the ceasefire is our answer to terrorists, militants and marauders," he said in a televised statement, according to Reuters news agency.

Russia's MICEX Index was lower by around 1 percent during the morning session on Tuesday.