U.S. stock index futures traded a touch lower on Tuesday, with cash equity indexes set to remain closed for a second day due to a severe storm hitting the East Coast.
Futures for the S&P 500 fell 0.2 percent, Dow Jones futures shed 0.1 percent and contracts on the Nasdaq 100 were down 0.4 percent at 0940 GMT.
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Sandy, one of the biggest storms ever to hit the United States, battered the nation's eastern seaboard on Tuesday, swamping New York City streets with record levels of floodwater, blacking out power to millions of people and bringing transport to a halt through much of the region.
The storm also prompted dozens of companies, including Pfizer
Ford is expected to report third-quarter earnings per share of $0.30, down from $0.46 last year, and analysts will focus on the automaker's operations in Europe, where the company will be cutting costs, according to recent interviews with the management.
Video-games makers Electronic Arts
European stocks rose on Tuesday, led by Swiss bank UBS
Japan's Nikkei <.N225> average fell 1 percent to a two-week closing low on Tuesday after the Bank of Japan eased monetary policy by increasing the size of its asset-buying and lending programme by $138 billion, largely as expected.
S&P 500 futures fell 4.9 points on Monday and were below fair value, a formula that evaluates pricing by taking into account interest rates, dividends and time to expiration on the contract. Dow Jones industrial average futures fell 69 points and Nasdaq 100 futures NDc1 fell 15.75 points.