Market Snapshot: U.S. stocks set to open higher as deal news flows

U.S. stock futures inched higher Tuesday, putting the market on track to add slightly to last week’s gain as traders returned from a three-day weekend.

S&P 500 futures ESU6, +0.05% edged up by 3 points, or 0.1%, to 2,181, while Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMU6, +0.05% tacked on 26 points, or 0.1%, to 18,506. Nasdaq-100 futures NQU6, +0.07% rose by 6.25 points, or 0.1%, to 4,801.50.

Analysts are bracing for the market to show more oomph after some August doldrums.

The “worst of the quiet summer period” has passed, and investors now “can expect to see trading volumes pick up significantly this week,” said Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at Oanda, in a note on Tuesday.

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