Stock futures in the US edged higher Tuesday morning on hopes that the European Central Bank will work out a deal to help Spain and Italy borrow at cheaper rates. Stock futures on the Dow rose 0.2 percent to 13,255.
After the protesters were held by Japanese authorities for landing on a disputed island, Japan has the option of repatriating the Chinese protesters or sending them to criminal court. The case has been rough on the bilateral relations between the countries.
Chinese activists landed on the island in the East China Sea, waving flags and singing patriotic Chinese songs. The island chain is in resource-rich waters and has stirred territorial disputes between China and its neighbors.