Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during the afternoon of October 14, 2015 in New York City. US futures post mild gains ahead of open, as investors looked ahead to a key vote on tax reform.
Dow Jones industrial average futures rose just 3 points,
while S&P 500 were unchanged and Nasdaq 100 futures slipped 4.75
The Senate is expected to vote on a bill aimed at
reforming the U.S. tax code on Thursday. Investors have been eagerly
awaiting tax reform since last year's election, but doubts about whether
the Republican-led Congress would be able to achieve this before
year-end have lingered.
President Donald Trump stated last
week that his administration was going to "give the American people a
huge tax cut for Christmas," according to the Associated Press.
the data front, new home sales figures are expected to be released at
10 a.m. ET, followed by the Dallas Fed's Texas manufacturing outlook
survey at 10:30 a.m. ET.
On the central bank front, two speeches
by the U.S. Federal Reserve are set to take place Monday. Minneapolis
Fed President Neel Kashkari will be delivering remarks at Winona State
University in Winona, Minnesota.
New York Fed President William
Dudley is expected to be at a moderated conversation called "U.S.
Economy: 10 Years After the Crisis," organized by the University of
California, Berkeley, in New York. Investors will be watching each
discussion closely for any comments about the state of the U.S. economy.
On Friday, equities in the U.S. rose by the close, as investors placed bets on a strong holiday shopping season.
investors are likely to be paying close attention to how certain
retailers perform today as the Cyber Monday shopping spree commences.