Investors were returning to markets in an upbeat mood Tuesday as trading resumes after a holiday break.
After last year's spectacular rally, investors have been looking for signs the economy will be able to keep the bull market going in 2014. This year is expected to be another good year for stocks, but perhaps not as strong as 2013.
Tuesday morning kicks off with results from Johnson & Johnson (, )Verizon ( and )Delta (. )IBM ( is expected to deliver its results after the closing bell. )A spate of company earnings will follow later this week.
Asian markets rose Tuesday, supported by China's central bank injecting billions into the financial system to boost liquidity.
China's Shenzhen Composite Index climbed 1.5% following stellar trading debuts of eight Chinese firms, which are among the first handful of companies allowed to list in China since the government ended a 14-month IPO ban.