US futures gain on earnings

New York - US stock index futures rose on Tuesday following a batch of early corporate results that were better than expected.

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

Britain's Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc also confirmed it was in talks to buy Merck & Co's consumer health business, the latest asset up for grabs in a wave of recent pharmaceutical deals.

Dow Jones industrial average futures gained 46 points and Nasdaq 100 futures added 17.25 points.