LONDON, April 2 U.S. stock index futures pointed
to a higher open on Wall Street on Tuesday, with futures for the
S&P 500, the Nasdaq 100 and the Dow Jones futures
rising 0.2 to 0.3 percent.
* ICSC/Goldman Sachs release chain store sales for the week
ended March 30 at 1145 GMT. In the previous week, sales fell 1.7
* Goldman Sachs Group has registered a fund that
invests in risky credit products as a publicly traded business
development company, a way for the bank to avoid some
regulations that would otherwise limit its activity.
* Redbook releases its Retail Sales Index of department and
chain store sales for March at 1255 GMT. In the prior period,
sales rose 0.6 percent.
* The Institute for Supply Management-New York releases
March index of regional business activity at 1345 GMT. In
February, the index read 572.7.
* Nasdaq OMX Group Inc agreed to buy electronic
Treasuries-trading platform eSpeed from BGC Partners Inc
for $750 million in cash, providing the exchange
operator an entry into one of the world's largest and most
liquid cash markets.
* The Commerce Department releases February factory orders
at 1400 GMT. Economists in a Reuters survey expect a rise of 2.9
percent, compared with a 2.0 percent drop in the prior month.
* Chevron Corp completed repairs to a central crude
distillation unit at its 245,000 barrel-per-day San Francisco
Bay-area refinery in Richmond, California, almost eight months
after a massive fire struck the core of the plant.
* The earnings diary is thin, with spicemaker McCormick & Co
higlighting an otherwise quiet day for company reports.
* Japan's Nikkei average fell 1.1 percent to a nearly
four-week low on Tuesday with exporters leading the decline
after weak U.S. factory data overnight stoked concern about
growth prospects for the world's biggest economy.
* European shares are up 0.6 percent.
* U.S. stocks fell on Monday in one of the lightest volume
days of the year, pulling back after the S&P 500's record
closing high last week and after weaker-than-expected U.S.
* The Dow Jones industrial average was down 5.69
points, or 0.04 percent, at 14,572.85. The Standard & Poor's 500
Index was down 7.02 points, or 0.45 percent, at 1,562.17.
The Nasdaq Composite Index was down 28.35 points, or
0.87 percent, at 3,239.17.
(Reporting by Alistair Smout/editing by Chris Pizzey, London
MPG Desk, +44 (0)207 542-4441)