Dow Jones industrial futures are down a point to 14,006. The broader S&P futures have lost a point as well and are trading at 1,527. Nasdaq futures are down 3.25 points to 2,777.50.
Even though builders likely eased their pace in January, the Department of Commerce is expected to report Wednesday that new housing starts remain at a 4 ½-year high.
The Labor Department releases its wholesale prices report before the opening bell.