Dow Jones industrial futures are up 9 points to 13,462. The broader S&P futures have added 2.8 points to reach 1,452. Nasdaq futures are down 2 points to 2,763.25.
The Commerce Department releases its latest housing report Wednesday and economists expect that builders started construction on more homes in September than in August.
Citigroup analyst James Finnerty says the housing industry has struck bottom, but he's cautioning clients that high unemployment continues to weigh on the pace of recovery. He believes rising activity in housing is being fueled primarily by cheaper financing and higher share prices.
The Labor Department releases its weekly unemployment claims report Thursday.