Stock Futures Rise Ahead of Confidence, New-Home Sales Data
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- U.S. stock futures were pointing to a mixed open early Tuesday as investors awaited the release of data on consumer confidence and new home sales.
Tech stocks were showing some cracks with Apple(AAPL) down 2% with its quarterly report due after the close, Netflix(NFLX) tanking following its first-quarter numbers, and Symantec(SYMC) losing ground because of a below-consensus outlook.
Stocks sold off Monday as questions about Europe's economic and political stability rattled Wall Street.
Tuesday's U.S. economic calendar features reads on consumer confidence and new-home sales data at 10 a.m. EDT.
The Conference Board is expected to say its consumer confidence index decreased in April to 69.7 from 70.2 the previous month, according to Thomson Reuters.
The Department of Commerce is expected to report new home sales rose modestly to 320,000 in March from a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 313,000 the prior month as home inventories stabilize and labor market conditions improve.
"The home sales data has been bumpy and housing is trying to form a bottom and has been for many months and I don't see any change in that," says Michael Sansoterra, fund manager at RidgeWorth. "It's the spring buying season. Most people expect housing to be bumpy."
The Federal Housing Finance Agency's Housing Price Index also arrives at 10 a.m. EDT.