June 18 (Reuters) - Futures tracking the tech-heavy Nasdaq and the benchmark S&P 500 climbed on Tuesday, after softer-than-expected U.S. retail sales data boosted investor optimism around monetary policy easing by the Federal Reserve this year.

A Commerce Department report showed retail sales rose 0.1% in May, below the 0.3% increase expected by economists polled by Reuters.

At 8:30 a.m. ET, Dow e-minis were up 13 points, or 0.03%, S&P 500 e-minis were up 4.25 points, or 0.08%, and Nasdaq 100 e-minis were up 51.75 points, or 0.26%. (Reporting by Ankika Biswas in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)