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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- U.S. stock futures pointed to a higher Wall Street open Tuesday, following the upside action in global markets which got a boost from U.S. retail sales that came in better than expected.

European stocks were rising while Asian shares finished Tuesday's trading session with gains. Japan's Nikkei 225 index rose 1.4% to close at 8,701.31

The economic calendar in the U.S. Tuesday includes the consumer price index for September at 8:30 a.m. EDT, industrial production and capacity utilization data for September at 9:15 a.m., and the National Association of Home Builders housing market index for October at 10 a.m.

U.S. stocks on Monday closed higher after retail sales for September exceeded expectations and Citigroup ( C) delivered above-consensus earnings.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose more than 95 points, or 0.72%, to finish at 13,424.

President Obama and Mitt Romney face-off Tuesday in the second presidential debate at Hofstra University on New York's Long Island.

The 90-minute debate, which begins at 9 p.m., will be conducted in a town-hall format. Obama is looking to perform better than in the first debate, at which Romney was viewed as the clear victor.

Goldman Sachs ( GS), the investment bank, is expected by analysts Tuesday to report third-quarter earnings of $2.12 a share on revenue of $7.30 billion.

Health care company Johnson & Johnson ( JNJ) is expected Tuesday to post third-quarter profit of $1.21 a share on revenue of $16.95 billion.

Tech giants IBM ( IBM) and Intel ( INTC) post numbers after Tuesday's closing bell.

Wall Street is looking for earnings of $3.62 a share from IBM on revenue of $25.38 billion, while analysts see Intel, the No. 1 chipmaker, posting quarterly profit of 49 cents a share on revenue of $13.23 billion. .

Coca-Cola ( KO) and UnitedHealth ( UNH) also are highlights of Tuesday's earnings calendar. Other notables before the bell include Domino's Pizza ( DPZ), Forest Laboratories ( FRX), Mattel ( MAT), Omnicom ( OMC), PNC Financial ( PNC), State Street ( STT), W.W. Grainger ( GWW), and Wolverine World Wide ( WWW).

Companies reporting after Tuesday's closing bell include Apollo Group ( APOL), Cree ( CREE), CSX Corp. ( CSX), Intuitive Surgical ( ISRG), Sonic Corp. ( SONC), and United Rentals ( URI).

Yahoo! ( YHOO) has tabbed Henrique de Castro, one of Google's ( GOOG)top advertising executives for the past two years, as the Internet company's chief operating officer.

Starbucks ( SBUX)will begin selling its new Verismo coffee and espresso brewer in U.S. stores on Tuesday.

-- Written by Joseph Woelfel

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