Futures were higher Monday following some better-than-expected factory output data from China and the euro zone after stocks logged their best third quarter since 2010.
On the economic front, the Institute for Supply Management's September manufacturing index is due at 10am ET. Economists surveyed by Reuters expect the index to rise to 49.7 from 49.6 in August.
In addition, construction spending in August is also due at 10 am ET.
Overnight, Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) data from China and the euro zone showed some signs of stabilization though both remained firmly in contraction mode.
European shares gainedafter the euro zone PMI was revised up to 46.1, up from a preliminary estimate of 46 and from a reading of 45.1 in August. Still, the reading was below 50, which indicates a contraction. The improvement helped the euro stabilize against the dollar.