US stocks futures edge higher

The Associated Press Published:

U.S. stock futures edged higher in pre-market trading Tuesday, following slight gains in markets from Asia to Europe.

KEEPING SCORE: Dow Jones industrial average futures rose 11 points, or 0.1 percent, to 16,424 as of. Standard & Poor's 500 index futures rose one point, also 0.1 percent, to 1,878. Nasdaq futures edged up six points, or 0.2 percent, 3,713.

QUIET START: Global stock markets steadied Tuesday after declines the day before. There was a lack of corporate or economic news for traders to consider. Most indexes were flat or modestly higher after declining Monday on weak Chinese trade figures that reignited fears of a deeper slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy.

EUROPE: In early trading, Germany's DAX gained 0.4 percent. Britain's FTSE 100 was little changed, as was the CAC-40 in Paris.

ASIA: Japan's Nikkei 225 stock average closed up 0.7 percent. Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose less than 0.1 percent. China's Shanghai composite inched up 0.1 percent. Markets were also higher in South Korea, Australia and Southeast Asia.