Ahead of the Bell: Dow futures are trading up 25 points and S&P futures are trading up 2 points. More monetary stimulus from the Bank of Japan is pushing global shares higher, but gains were capped after action to rein in lending in China, disappointing German investor confidence data, and more hawkish comments on rate increases in Australia. The Bank of Japan maintained its ultra-lose monetary policy and extended special loan programs to help boost economic growth, as the Shinzo Abe's government shows its resolve to keep the positive momentum going. The central bank reiterated its upbeat view on the economy, despite recent signs of slowing growth and suggested that any additional monetary stimulus will be in the future. As a result of the BOJ's action, the yen lost ground against all the major currencies and saw the US dollar gain after recent weakness in economic data such as manufacturing and payroll.