Stocks: Starting at record levels

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Can the record-breaking run for stocks continue Tuesday?

Investors will be looking at data on the U.S. housing market and more corporate earnings to sustain momentum after Monday's gains.

U.S. stock futures were little changed, despite some strong bank earnings in Europe.

Investors may be reluctant to make any significant moves ahead of monetary policy announcements later this week from the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank.

U.S. stocks pushed higher Monday, with the S&P 500 finishing at a record closing high and the Nasdaq at its highest level in more than 12 years.

On the economic docket, the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose a slightly-higher-than-expected 9.3% in February. The Conference Board's monthly consumer confidence index will be released at 10 a.m. ET.

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On the corporate side, Best Buy's (BBY) stock notched up in premarket trading after the retailer announced its agreement to sell its European stake to Carphone Warehouse (CPW).

Pfizer's (PFE) stock tumbled after the drug maker reported a decline in quarterly revenue and profit.

On the upside, investors reacted positively to the latest first-quarter results issued by UBS (UBS) and Deutsche Bank (DB). In Europe, shares in both of the banks popped up by roughly 7% as they reporting rising profits.

Meanwhile, shares of BP (BP) were moving higher after the energy conglomerate reported results that beat analysts' expectations.

Shares of Herbalife (HLF) notched up slightly on Tuesday, following the company's strong first-quarter earnings report and outlook.

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European markets were mixed in morning trading.

Asian markets ended the day with mixed results. Japan's Nikkei closed with a modest drop of 0.2% after Tokyo traders returned from a holiday on Monday. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong went in the opposite direction, pushing up by 0.7%. Markets in Shanghai remain closed for a holiday.

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