Investors to test last week's gains, but quiet trading expected today

|By:, SA News Editor

Stock futures have slacked off earlier gains, and the market now appears poised for a flat to slightly higher open as investors return from the long holiday weekend; S&P and Dow +0.1%, Nasdaq +0.3%.

Asian markets finished mixed amid quiet overnight trading, while markets across Europe remain closed for Easter.

"The market should be quiet" today, S&P's Sam Stovall says but he doesn't believe the market is out of the woods after last week's bounce; he sees more volatility in the near term, with earnings not expected to provide much help.

This week will see a ramp up in earnings reports; Halliburton, Hasbro, Kimberly-Clark and AMD are all higher premarket after issuing their Q2 results.

Still ahead: leading indicators.