Stock futures hit record highs amid retail earnings

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U.S. stock index futures rose to record intraday highs on Tuesday as oil prices surged and investors assessed earnings from top U.S. retailers. Wal-Mart's (WMT. N) shares were up 1.5 percent at $70.42 in premarket trading after the world's largest brick-and-mortar retailer reported a higher-than-expected rise in comparable store sales. Home Depot (HD. N) rose 1.63 percent to $145.33 after the home improvement store chain reported better-than-expected results and set a $15 billion buyback program. Macy's (M. N) is scheduled to report before the market opens. Oil prices rose nearly 2 percent after OPEC said the group was hopeful of higher compliance with its deal to cut production. [O/R]Investors will keep an eye on comments from three Federal Reserve officials on Tuesday for more insight into the timing of the next rate hike. The central bank will release the minutes of its latest policy meeting on Wednesday.

The dollar rose 0.5 percent after Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester said on Sunday that she would be comfortable raising rates if the U.S. economy kept performing. Gold prices fell 0.6 percent. The Dow Jones Industrial Average . DJI marked its seventh-straight record close on Friday. The S&P 500 . SPX and the Nasdaq Composite . IXIC also closed at record levels. Wall Street was closed on Monday for the Presidents Day holiday.

Kraft Heinz (KHC. O) shares fell 4.3 percent on Tuesday after it walked away from its $143 billion offer to buy Unilever (ULVR. L), a day after the Anglo-Dutch company rejected the proposal. Unilever's U.S.-listed shares (UL. N) were down 8.4 percent. Freeport (FCX. N) was down 5 percent at $14.16 after the miner warned on Monday it could take the Indonesian government to arbitration and seek damages over a dispute that has halted operations at a copper mine. Exact Sciences (EXAS. O) rose nearly 6 percent to $21.10 after the diagnostic test maker reported quarterly revenue that beat estimates.

Wells Fargo fund business on the defensive amid sales scandal When a scandal over unauthorized accounts rocked Wells Fargo & Co's retail division last fall, executives at its asset management arm sprang into action to limit its fallout at an already tough time for their business.

Exclusive: Burger King and Tim Hortons owner nears deal to buy Popeyes - sources Restaurant Brands International Inc, owner of the Burger King and Tim Hortons fast-food chains, is nearing a deal to acquire Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Inc, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.

Toshiba seeks $8.8 billion for chip unit stake as banks fret over risks TOKYO Japan's Toshiba Corp wants to raise at least 1 trillion yen ($8.8 billion) by selling most of its flash memory chip business, seeking to create a buffer for any fresh financial problems, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said.