Stock Market Today: Futures Higher as Aetna, Merck Top Expectations

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Stock futures were pointing to a higher open on Wall Street Tuesday as investors were greeted by upbeat earnings reports before the bell and policy makers commenced with the first day of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting.

Dow Jones Industrial Average (DIA) futures were up 8 points, or 9.41 points above fair value, to 16,924. S&P 500 futures were up 0.25 points, or 0.59 points above fair value, to 1,973.25. Nasdaq (QQQ) futures were up 3.8 points, or 4.51 points over fair value, to 3,963.8.

On Monday, U.S. stocks recouped losses sustained earlier in the day as merger news outweighed weaker-than-expected domestic housing data, and Russia was hit by sanctions from the U.S. and promises of more from the European Union in coming days.

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Byron Wien, vice chairman of Blackstone Advisory Partners, writes in his monthly market commentary that the S&P 500 has risen 186% in the 61 months since the March 9, 2009 low. It's been a long time since there's been a meaningful correction -- about 700 days since a decline of 10% and almost twice as long since a drop of 20%. And this type of market action is not unprecedented, said Wien. In the 1990s the S&P 500 continued rising for 1,700 days before a 10% pullback and over 3,000 days before one of 20%. The rise prior to the 2008 decline extended for 1,100 days before a 10% correction, he noted.

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