U.S. stock-index futures turned lower on Tuesday after economic reports had consumer prices rising and housing starts coming in below expectations.
The Commerce Department reported housing starts declined 6.5 percent in May, versus 12.7 percent in April.
"While the report is somewhat disappointing, it must be pointed out that activity remains exactly around the 1 million mark, which is a considerable improvement from the darkest days of the housing market's demise," Andrew Wilkinson, chief market analyst at Interactive Brokers, said in an emailed note.
And the Labor Department's consumer price index jumped 0.4 percent in May.
The CPI number calls into doubt "whether the Fed can really wait until the middle of 2015 before raising interest rates. The inflation data may no longer give them such time and is the one thing that can muck up their exit plans," noted Peter Boockvar, chief market analyst at the Lindsey Group.
Treasury prices fell along with stock futures, with the 10-year yield jumping 3 basis points to 2.631 percent.
Crude-oil futures dropped 50 cents to $106.40 a barrel and gold futures fell $10.30 to $1,265.00 an ounce.
Islamist militants took control of another Iraqi town, Saqlaqiya, on Monday, with the help of allied tribesmen. There were also reports of fighting south of Baghdad. The U.S. is reportedly considering air strikes to help Iraq fight off the rebels, but has ruled out coordinated military action with Iran.