U.S. stock index futures indicated a lower open Tuesday with global sentiment weak due to a fall in the price of oil.
Commodity prices have led to volatility in equity markets in recent months and oil came under renewed pressure on Tuesday morning. Reuters cited weakening demand for gasoline and concerns of a global crude glut for the slump. Traders also reacted to comments from Kuwait’s OPEC governor Nawal Al-Fuzaia who spoke of the prospect of a freeze in output for the oil cartel.
European markets were also on the back foot with oil stocks and basic resources companies the worst performers. Asia markets were also mostly lower overnight.
Back in the U.S, investors will be monitoring earnings from Pershing Square Holdings and a slew of data. Trade deficit figures are due at 8:30 a.m., Markit services PMIs are due at 9:45 a.m., and ISM services and the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary report are due at 10 a.m..
On Monday, U.S. stocks closed lower as pressure from a decline in oil prices mostly offset gains in health care stocks. Also on Monday, Federal Open Market Committee voting member Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren said he believed it will likely be appropriate to resume the path of gradual tightening sooner than is implied by financial market futures. He added the “U.S. has weathered foreign shocks quite well” and that risks from abroad are easing.
There was more Fed comment on Tuesday with Chicago Fed President Charles Evans speaking in Hong Kong. he said the U.S. central bank had to be proactive and aggressive to reach the central bank’s inflation targets, according to Reuters.