Futures Rise, Earnings in Focus

Wall Street enters the new day having broken out of the funk that saw stocks slip for seven of eight sessions - with futures pointing to a higher open Tuesday as well.

  • Dow 30: Extra-Hour Quotes
  • Pre-Markets/Futures Data
  • All this, of course, could be either waylaid or boosted by earnings season, which officially kicks off tomorrow afternoon when Dow component Alcoa reports quarterly results.

    There are no major economic reports on the calendar today, and very few notable earnings reports. After the bell, investors will get quarterly numbers from Yum Brands, the parent of the KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut chains.

    One popular topic of conversation in the oil pits this morning is a report that oil producing nations are in talks to replace the U.S. dollar with a basket of currencies for trading oil.

    That's according to The Independent newspaper, but that report has been denied by top officials in Saudi Arabia and Russia, the two biggest oil producers in the world.

    NutriSystem could be a stock to watch today, as it announces that it will sell its 14-day Starter program at Wal-Mart, the first time the company has sold its products in the retail channel.

    We'll also watch retail stocks today, as a National Retail Federation survey says 2009 holiday sales could fall 1 percent compared to last year, which would be the first back-to-back drop since the group began tracking holiday season sales in 1992.

    The Treasury will auction $39 billion in 3-year notes Tuesday, with results available shortly after 1 pm New York time. That follows Monday's auction of 10-year TIPS, which saw stronger-than-expected demand.