Wall Street set for lower open; key data eyed

* U.S. shares were set for a lower open on Tuesday, as euro
zone debt worries persisted, and ahead of key data that will
indicate the strength of the recovery in the world’s biggest
economy.

* At 0951 GMT, futures for the Dow Jones (DJc1: ), S&P 500
(SPc1: ) and Nasdaq (NDc1: ) were down between 0.2 and 0.5 percent.

* The FTSEurofirst 300 (.FTEU3: ) index of leading European
shares was up 0.1 percent, having hit its lowest close in nearly
eight weeks in the previous session, as investors worried about
sovereign debt levels in the euro zone peripheral countries.

* The euro skidded to 10-week lows against the dollar on
Tuesday after a rescue package for Ireland failed to dampen
speculation that other bailouts will be needed in the euro zone.
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* The Conference Board’s index of consumer attitudes for
September is expected to show a steady, if plodding improvement,
with the average of 60 analysts Reuters polled calling for a
rise to 52.6, from 50.2 in October and a revised 48.6 in
September. U.S. consumer confidence has been picking itself up
from historically low levels, where it has been hostage to weak
labour markets.

* Also due is the S&P Case Shiller report on prices in 20
major U.S. real estate markets, which is expected to show a 1.1
percent rise from a year ago. On a month-by-month basis though,
prices are expected to have stayed soggy, slipping 0.3 percent
the same rate of decline as was seen in August.

* U.S. stocks (Read more about the stock market today. ) fell on Monday but finished well off their
lows of the day as the dollar retraced some of its earlier gains
and energy and financial stocks rallied late in the session.

* The Dow Jones industrial average (.DJI: ) dropped 0.4
percent; the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (.SPX: ) fell 0.1
percent; the Nasdaq Composite Index (.IXIC: ) lost 0.4 percent.
(Reporting by Brian Gorman; Editing by Jon Loades-carter)

Wall Street set for lower open; key data eyed