Stocks set for yet another low start with a wave of earnings ahead
Five Dow components are set to report earnings before the bell: Caterpillar (CAT), Coca-Cola (KO), DuPont (DD), Merck (MRK) and United Technologies (UTX).
Overseas, Asian stocks finished with big losses, but European stock markets rose after encouraging economic news from Germany and better than expected profits from British supermarket chain Tesco PLC.
Oil prices remained near $46 a barrel Tuesday after renewed concerns about the U.S. financial sector sent crude and stock markets tumbling. Crude prices have plunged from around $50 earlier this month.
There are no economic reports scheduled for today.