NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Stock futures were under pressure on Tuesday, suggesting Wall Street would extend losses suffered over Monday's session, as Greece's future remained in the balance.
S&P 500 futures fell 0.18%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 0.13%, and the Nasdaq declined 0.28%.
U.S. housing starts in May fell 11.1% to an annual rate of 1.04 million from an originally estimated 1.14 million in April. The government revised April's housing starts rate to 1.17 million on Tuesday.
"Housing remains an area of focus for many and rightfully so," said Dan Greenhaus, chief strategist at BTIG Research. "While the May starts data was a bit of a disappointment, the permit data was much stronger than expected suggesting starts should continue to improve in coming months, supporting job creation and the broader economy."
European markets fell for a second straight session ahead of Greece and its European creditors' final round of negotiations on Thursday. Eurozone finance ministers are pushing Greece to introduce a round of austerity measures in exchange for further debt relief.
A compromise is looking unlikely, though, as Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis told a German newspaper that Athens would not be putting forth any new concessions. Greece has until the end of the month to repay its debts to the International Monetary Fund.
The Federal Reserve was also causing jitters on Tuesday as Fed members convene for their two-day meeting later in the morning. An announcement will be released and press conference held mid-afternoon Wednesday. Economists do not expect the Fed to raise interest rates until September at the earliest.
"Activity is not yet strong enough to give the Fed 'reasonable confidence' that progress in the labor market will continue," said SG Global Economics' Michala Marcussen. "Therefore, we do not expect any signals regarding the timing of the lift-off in rates."
Gap (GPS) shares were on watch after the retailer announced it will shut 175 of its namesake locations in North America over the next few years. The company has faced weakening demand at its North American stores. Gap will also cut 250 corporate jobs at its headquarters.
Coty (COTY) shares surged more than 16% in premarket trading after the cosmetics company acquired three beauty lines from Procter & Gamble (PG), according to the New York Post. The company reportedly purchased Procter's Max Factor, CoverGirl and Wella brands for as much as $12 billion.
Avalanche Biotechnologies (AAVL) plummeted 45% before the bell after announcing the results of top-line results from a Phase 2a study for its leading experimental product AVA-101. The treatment for wet age-related macular degeneration disappointed on one of its assessment criteria.
There were more signs of consolidation in the heath care sector as UnitedHealth (UNH) reportedly approached Aetna (AET) about a takeover deal worth more than $40 billion, according to The Wall Street Journal. Health insurance company Cigna (CI) was reportedly approached by Anthem (ANTM) with a bid, according to reports on Monday.