U.S. stock index futures rose more than a percent on Tuesday after Chinese President Xi Jinping promised to cut import tariffs, soothing investor concerns about rising U.S.-China trade tensions.
In his first public comments since the trade dispute with the Trump administration started, Jinping vowed to open the country’s economy and said China would raise the foreign ownership limit in automobile, shipbuilding and aircraft sectors “as soon as possible”.
His comments buoyed global markets, which have been under pressure as China and the United States threatened each other with billion in tariffs and investors feared that protectionist measures would hit global economic growth.
Analysts expect quarterly profits for S&P 500 companies to rise 18.5 percent from a year ago, which would be the biggest gain in seven years, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Investors will keep a close eye on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday and Wednesday.
On Monday, stocks pared gains late in the session following a report that the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the office of President Donald Trump’s lawyer.
At 7:11 a.m. ET, Dow e-minis 1YMc1 were up 274 points, or 1.14 percent, with 79,089 contracts changing hands.
S&P 500 e-minis ESc1 were up 29 points, or 1.11 percent, with 261,980 contracts traded.
Nasdaq 100 e-minis NQc1 were up 95.25 points, or 1.47 percent, on volume of 89,430 contracts.
Among stocks, shares of Nvidia rose 4 percent premarket after Morgan Stanley raised the stock to “overweight”.
Verifone Systems shares were up 51.7 percent after the company agreed to be taken private for $2.28 billion.