US STOCKS-Futures point to flat open, consumer data awaited

martes 24 de junio de 2014 08:43 GYT

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By Ryan Vlastelica

NEW YORK, June 24 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat open on Tuesday, suggesting investors continued to search for direction following a sharp rally that took indexes to records last week.

* Equities had a quiet session on Monday, with trading volume light and moves so slight the S&P 500 had one of its narrowest intraday trading ranges ever, according to MKM Partners. That came after a six-day rally on the S&P that ended Friday, its longest streak since mid-April.

* While Wall Street's trend upward was still viewed as intact, investors looked for fresh catalysts to justify more robust gains, and recent economic data has been mixed.

* The latest economic indicators could give the market direction, with the April Case-Shiller report on home prices scheduled for release at 9:00 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT) and data on both consumer confidence and home sales due at 10:00 a.m.   Continuación...