U.S. stock index futures point higher, data eyed

* U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open, with
futures for the S&P 500 (SPc1: Quote, Profile, Research), Dow Jones (DJc1: Quote, Profile, Research) and Nasdaq
(NDc1: Quote, Profile, Research) futures 0.1-0.4 percent higher at 0925 GMT.

* Economic news could be in the spotlight. Investors will
eye the U.S. Redbook weekly U.S. retail sales at 1255 GMT, while
Standard & Poor releases its S&P Case/Shiller Home Price Index
for January at 1300 GMT.

U.S. consumer confidence for March was set for 1400 GMT.

* Earnings could be a focus, with quarterly results expected
from Apollo Group (APOL.O: Quote, Profile, Research), Lennar Corp (LEN.N: Quote, Profile, Research), and McCormick &
Company Inc (MKC.N: Quote, Profile, Research).

* On Monday, Halliburton Co (HAL.N: Quote, Profile, Research), the world’s No. 2
oilfield services company, said it would cut first-quarter
earnings due to conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa
and weather-related events in North America and Australia.

* BATS Global Markets said it had sent draft rules to
regulators and planned to list U.S. public stocks by the fourth
quarter, opening the door for companies to float shares
somewhere other than the Big Board or Nasdaq. [ID:nN28189759]

* A person familiar with the matter said News Corp (NWSA.O: Quote, Profile, Research)
has held talks to give control of Myspace to the music
label-owned video site Vevo.com but the likelihood of a deal was
slim. [ID:nL3E7ET083]

* Wal-Mart Stores (WMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research) will urge the U.S. Supreme Court
on Tuesday to reject the case against female employees who
allege the retailer gave women less pay and gave them fewer
promotions in the largest class-action sex-discrimination
lawsuit ever. [ID:nN28284791]

* On Monday, U.S. stocks fell, with consumer shares hurt
after hotel operator Marriott International (MAR.N: Quote, Profile, Research) said an
important financial measure would come in at the low end of its
previous outlook. [ID:nN28218932]
The Dow Jones industrial average (.DJI: Quote, Profile, Research) lost 0.2 percent,
the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (.SPX: Quote, Profile, Research) fell 0.3 percent, and the
Nasdaq Composite Index (.IXIC: Quote, Profile, Research) fell 0.5 percent.
* European shares slipped 0.4 percent on Tuesday, with the
energy and banking sectors featuring among the worst performers.

BP (BP.L: Quote, Profile, Research) fell following a report the company’s managers may
face manslaughter charges following the Gulf of Mexico oil spill
and a broker downgrade. [ID:nLDE72S0NG]
(Reporting by Joanne Frearson; Editing by Dan Lalor)

U.S. stock index futures point higher, data eyed