US futures inch higher

New York - US stock index futures advanced on Tuesday, after the S&P 500 closed out its best month since February, ahead of reports on the manufacturing sector.

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

Also due at 10 a.m. (16:00 SA time) is construction spending data for July.

Dow Jones industrial average e-mini futures rose 18 points and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures added 7 points.

However, the monthly average volume of 5.24 billion was the lowest of the year, according to data from BATS Global Markets.

Family Dollar shares gained 0.8 percent to $80.45 in premarket.