Futures for U.S. markets were higher late Monday after a flat day on Wall Street, as investors hold their breath ahead of key central bank decisions Wednesday.
The S&P 500 was up 0.10% the Dow Jones Industrials 0.08% and the Nasdaq 0.09% at 9:02 p.m. EDT.
On Wednesday, both the Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan release their latest interest rate decisions. Japan may make rates even more negative in its latest attempt to rekindle that perennially slow economy, while investors hope the Fed waits until later this year to raise rates, if at all.
The waiting-and-seeing on Monday left the S&P flat, the Dow 0.02% lower and Nasdaq off 0.18%.
Asian shares opened lower as the Bank of Japan began its meeting Tuesday following a Monday holiday. The Nikkei in Japan slipped 0.09%, while across the Korean Strait, the Kospi lost 0.05% and the ASX in Australia, which suffered from technical glitches Monday, was off 0.09% at 9:18 p.m. EDT.
Earlier Monday, investors in Europe had been cheered by recovering oil, leaving the FTSE in London up 1.54%, Germany's Dax, 0.95%, and the Cac in France, 1.43%.
Despite the gains in oil on Monday, industry standard Brent crude was 0.28% lower at $45.82 at 9:25 p.m. EDT, as Asian traders got to business. West Texas crude was off 0.56% at $43.05 at the same time. The prices are per barrel and reflect futures for November and October delivery, respectively.
Although struggling for most of the month, the pound gained 0.12% at 9:25 p.m. EDT to $1.3045, while the yen gained 0.107% against the dollar to ¥101.952.
In after-hours trade, shares of SeaWorld Entertainment (SEAS - Get Report) sank 6.23% to $11.90 after the Orlando, Fla.-based theme park operator said it would halt its quarterly dividend indefinitely. It will pay a final dividend of 10 cents, down from a previous 21 cents, on Oct. 7.
"After careful and thorough deliberation, the board has determined that, consistent with the financial discipline pillar of the company's strategy, the best way to support the long-term development of the business and deliver value to shareholders is to suspend future dividends," CEO Joel Manby said in a statement.
And, in gainers, shares of retailer Pier 1 Imports (PIR - Get Report) added 6.34% to $4.36 in extended trading after hedge fund Alden Global Capital said it had taken 9.5% of the company and was in talks about its search for a new CEO and its operations.
The Fort Worth, Texas, home furnishings company has been in turmoil since CFO Cary Turner quit over bad earnings in February 2015. Earlier this month, the company said CEO Alex Smith would also be leaving the company at the end of the year--he's been the head of Pier 1 since 2007.