U.S. stock-index futures rose on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 near the 2,000 milestone, after separate reports had orders for durable goods jumping far more than expected in July andgains in the price of homes slowing in June.
Stock futures scaled back their gains after the release of data that had orders for durable goods rising 22.6 percent last month versus a 7.5 percent estimate. The bookings for longer-lasting goods came on increased demand for commercial aircraft.
Burger King Worldwide rose as sources told CNBC and other media outlets that Warren Buffett is helping to finance the fast-food chain's acquisition of Tim Hortons. Best Buy fell in early New York trading after reporting a larger-than-expected drop in sales.
Data due at 10 a.m. Eastern could show consumer confidence declined in August.