US stock index futures pointed to a slightly lower open for Wall Street Tuesday, as minimal losses ended four-day advances for the Dow and the S&P 500 and a six-day streak for the Nasdaq Monday.
European shares turned negative in mid-morning after a report on business morale in Germany hinted at a contraction for the first quarter, while Asian markets ended mixed.
In the US, a few key earnings and economic stats are likely to dictate the market's trend. Dow component Home Depot posted fourth-quarter earnings of 24 cents per share, beating estimates of 17 cents per shares. Its largest competitor, Lowe's, also beat estimates with its latest quarterly numbers.
Home Depot shares gained more than 1 percent in premarket trading.
Other morning earnings reports of note include Macy's, Medtronic, Medco Health, Office Depot, and Sears. Autodesk will report after the closing bell.