Stocks were poised to open firmer Tuesday as investors bet that a partial shutdown of the federal government will be short-lived.
U.S. stock futures moved higher, pointing to a rebound from losses on all major U.S. indexes Monday. World markets also rose.
Congress failed to agree on a short term extension of government funding late Monday, initiating a series of complex procedures to power down the federal agencies.
A government shutdown could cost the U.S. economy roughly $1 billion a week in pay lost by furloughed federal workers.
The dollar slipped against other major currencies but stock market reaction was muted.
Head of trading at ETX Capital Joe Rundle said traders' apparent appetite for risk reflected the view that, if resolved quickly, a government shutdown "will do little damage to the overall health of the U.S. economy."
Investors are also monitoring a separate battle in Washington to raise the debt ceiling, as failure to do so could leave the U.S. unable to pay its bills and hurt its credit rating.
Several economic releases are slated for Tuesday, with the Census Bureau due to publish its monthly report on construction spending, and the Institute for Supply Management monthly manufacturing report. Major automakers will issue their monthly sales reports throughout the day.
In corporate news, drugstore operator Walgreen Company is set to release its quarterly results before the opening bell.
U.S. stocks fell Monday amid continued anxiety over the showdown in Washington. But confirmation of the shutdown overnight created few waves across global markets.
European markets were mostly higher in morning trading. Tokyo stocks closed with modest gains, while exchanges in Hong Kong and Shanghai were closed for a holiday.