Stock Futures Rise Modestly on Hopes of Debt-Ceiling Resolution

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Stock futures were rising modestly Tuesday on hopes the impasse over debt-ceiling talks in government will be resolved as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid prepares to unveil a standalone bill to increase the government's borrowing caps.

Reid's bill would allow the U.S. at least $1 trillion in additional borrowing room beyond the $16.7 trillion debt limit expected to be breached on October 17, providing the government with enough borrowing ability to pay its bills through next year's general elections in November.

Yet as the third quarter earnings season begins, investors remain cautious about how the economic uncertainties spurred by the drawn-out fiscal debates in Washington might have impacted corporate earnings outlook.

"If it gets off the ground, it ends the threat of a debt default for the immediate future," said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Rockwell Global Capital in Manhattan, in an emailed comment about Senate's expected move. "We think earnings sentiment remains neutral as the political impasse overshadows for now. However, that's not to say individual companies will not be punished," he added.

Futures for the S&P 500 were up 2 points, or 0.43 points above fair value, to 1,669.75. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average were higher by 15 points, or 8.76 points above fair value, to 14,866. Futures for the Nasdaq were up 5.5 points, or 2.96 points above fair value, to 3,210.5.

Alcoa (AA) will be reporting after the market close, while JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and Wells Fargo (WFC) will be releasing their quarterly results on Friday.

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