* July housing starts top expectations
* Home Depot climbs after earnings, outlook
* Consumer prices barely rise in July
* Elizabeth Arden plunges after results
* Futures up: Dow 53 pts, S&P 4.5 pts, Nasdaq 10 pts
(Adds data, updates prices)
By Chuck Mikolajczak
NEW YORK, Aug 19 U.S. stocks were poised for a
higher open on Tuesday, putting the S&P 500 on track for a
second straight day of gains, after solid earnings from Home
Depot and supportive economic data on inflation and the housing
* Dow component Home Depot gained 3.8 percent to
$86.80 in premarket trade after the world's largest home
improvement retailer reported earnings and revenue that topped
Wall Street expectations and raised its full-year profit
* Housing starts rebounded strongly in July, as
groundbreaking surged 15.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted
annual 1.09-million unit pace to halt two straight months of
declines and top expectations for a 969,000-unit rate.
* In addition, the Consumer Price Index edged up 0.1 percent
last month, in line with expectations, after increasing 0.3
percent in June, which could give the Federal Reserve reason to
keep interest rates low for a while.
* The S&P 500 closed at its highest level since July
28 to move within 1 percent of a record high. The Nasdaq
finished at its highest since March 2000 on Monday, buoyed by
increasing homebuilder confidence, a flurry of M&A activity and
hopes for easing tensions in Ukraine.
* But sparks of conflict remained in the region, with
fighting taking place on Tuesday in the center of Luhansk, near
Ukraine's border with Russia, between government forces and
separatist rebels who have held the town since April, a
Ukrainian military spokesman said.
* S&P 500 e-mini futures were up 4.5 points and fair
value - a formula that evaluates pricing by taking into account
interest rates, dividends and time to expiration on the contract
- indicated a higher open. Dow Jones industrial average e-mini
futures rose 53 points and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures
added 10 points.
* Elizabeth Arden tumbled 23 percent to $15.10 in
premarket after the company reported the biggest quarterly loss
in its history due to a steeper-than-anticipated fall in sales
of celebrity perfumes.
* Retailer Dick's Sporting Goods advanced 5.3
percent to $45.80 after second-quarter results topped analysts'
* Aeropostale shares jumped 11.7 percent to $3.62.
The apparel retailer said it had reappointed Julian Geiger as
chief executive and forecast a smaller loss than its earlier
(Reporting by Chuck Mikolajczak; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)