U.S. stock index futures indicated a slightly higher open on Monday as markets eyed Apple earnings and hints on monetary policy from the Federal Reserve later in the week.
The Fed are meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, with the conclusion and post-meeting statement due Wednesday.
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The recent string of weak data and first-quarter growth expected at around 1 percent has convinced many in the markets that the Fed will not raise interest rates until September at the earliest.
"The post-meeting statement might well take a slightly more dovish tone than of late, further supporting our view that the first rate hike will take place no sooner than September," said Chris Scicluna, executive director and head of economic research, at Daiwa Capital Markets Europe.