US futures up on Chinese factory data

New York - US stock index futures kicked off the third quarter with early gains Tuesday, buoyed by a report showing China's factory sector expanded in June for the first time in six months, and ahead of US data expected to show manufacturing continued to grow.

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

Car sales are also due throughout the day.

Dow Jones industrial average e-mini futures rose 40 points and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures added 11 points.

AT&T said in May it would sell its stake to help it gain regulatory approval for its purchase of DirecTV.