US STOCKS-Futures point to higher open, S&P 500's record in view

Tue Apr 2, 2013 8:51am EDT
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* Futures up: Dow 48 pts, S&P 6.3 pts, Nasdaq 19.25 pts

By Ryan Vlastelica

NEW YORK, April 2 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Tuesday, suggesting a rebound from the previous session and again putting the S&P 500 within striking distance of its all-time intraday high.

The benchmark index last week set an all-time closing high, but has thus far been unable to reach its intraday record of 1,576.09, an important psychological level for investors.

While moves may be limited this week ahead of the U.S. monthly payrolls report on Friday, investors will be looking to the latest economic data for signs of economic strength.   Continued...