US STOCKS-Futures edge higher, S&P 500 near record

lunes 24 de febrero de 2014 08:24 GYT
 

* S&P 500 within points of record levels, may find resistance

* Emerging markets in focus after Ukraine president ousted

* Netflix shares fall, to pay Comcast for faster speeds

* Futures up: Dow 11 pts, S&P 2.6 pts, Nasdaq 5 pts

By Ryan Vlastelica

NEW YORK, Feb 24 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Monday, with the S&P 500 within points of its record high, though investors may have few reasons to push shares decisively above that level.

* Geopolitical uncertainty will continue to be in focus after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich was ousted following deadly street protests, leaving a potential power vacuum and an ailing economy. Ukraine's finance ministry said the economy required $35 billion in foreign aid over the next two years, with the first tranche needed within two weeks.

* While most U.S. companies have limited direct exposure to Ukraine, investors are concerned that the instability in the region could spread throughout emerging markets. European shares dipped slightly on Monday.

* Investors are looking ahead to the Chicago Fed's National Activity index for January, due out at 8:30 a.m. (1330 GMT), as well as financial data firm Markit's preliminary February read on the services sector.   Continuación...