US futures dip amid uncertainty

New York - US stock index futures were flat on Tuesday, with investors reluctant to make big bets following a sharp rise in the previous session, amid continued uncertainty over Ukraine.

The US bourse is set to open higher as European leaders get ready to meet. Credit: REUTERS

The central bank is not expected to deviate from previously announced policy plans, but as the Fed's stimulus has kept a floor under equity prices, market participants will be attuned to any hint of a change.

Dow Jones industrial average futures fell 18 points and Nasdaq 100 futures fell 8.75 points.

Prices are seen rising 0.1 percent while housing starts are expected to rise modestly from the previous month.

The rally continued a recent trend of investors using market pullbacks as buying opportunities following a 2 percent decline in the S&P 500 last week.

Key indexes have not had a sustained drop in more than a year. - Reuters