Stock futures supported by upbeat economic data

|By:, SA News Editor

Stock futures trade near their best levels of the morning after better than expected data on April durable goods orders and March Case-Shiller home price data; S&P and Dow +0.4%, Nasdaq +0.5%.

European shares continue higher after yesterday's strong showing following the weekend presidential vote in Ukraine; Asian equities ended mostly lower after the latest flare-up of tensions in the South China Sea.

Treasurys are off to a tepid start after the long weekend, as the 10-year note is up one tick with its yield at 2.53%; precious metal prices are sharply lower, with gold and silver down 1% and 1.3%, respectively.

Still ahead: consumer confidence, Richmond Fed, Dallas Fed.