US STOCKS-Futures edge higher after selloff, but concerns remain

martes 25 de marzo de 2014 07:39 GYT

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By Ryan Vlastelica

NEW YORK, March 25 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Tuesday, implying a modest rebound off the previous session's decline, though investors continued to watch global issues with caution.

* Major indexes fell on Monday on concerns that the crisis in Ukraine could escalate. However, the selling was concentrated in the Nasdaq, which fell under its 50-day moving average, as traders took profits in some of the market's recent standouts.

* The Dow ended with only slight losses, a sign that while investors were taking money off the table, they were still finding value in more established names like Procter & Gamble . The CBOE Volatility Index, a gauge of investor anxiety, closed barely higher on Monday and remains at historically low levels.

* The conflict over Ukraine continued with leaders of the Group of Seven nations warning Russia that it faced further sanctions if Russian President Vladimir Putin took further action to destabilize Ukraine following the seizure of Crimea.   Continuación...