Futures up sharply a day after global rout
US stock index futures rose sharply on Tuesday in anticipation of bargain hunting a day after Wall Street turned in its worst performance in four years and as China cut interest rates for the second time in two months.
All three major Wall Street indexes fell into correction mode over the past two trading days. An index is said to be in correction when it closes 10 percent or more below its 52-week high. "I think it's too early to declare the worst is over," said Piotr Matys, an emerging markets expert at Rabobank in London. "The way I see it is that this is a bit of a technical correction after things got a bit oversold. The move by China's central bank, which also relaxed reserve requirements for the second time in two months, came after Chinese stocks slumped 8 percent on Tuesday. On Monday, the Dow Jones industrial average .DJI briefly slumped more than 1,000 points - its steepest intraday fall ever - and the S&P 500 recorded its worst day since 2011. Apple's (AAPL.O) shares were up 6 percent at $109.38 in premarket trading.