US STOCKS-Wall St to rise after ECB cuts rates, considers asset purchases

jueves 5 de junio de 2014 09:11 GYT

* ECB cuts rates below zero to spur bank lending

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* Futures up: Dow 44 pts, S&P 4 pts, Nasdaq 5 pts (Updates prices, adds ECB's Draghi press conference details, Rite Aid)

By Rodrigo Campos

NEW YORK, June 5 (Reuters) - The S&P 500 was set to extend its record on Thursday after the European Central Bank cut rates to record lows and outlined further monetary policy actions.

* The ECB cut rates including the deposit rate to -0.10 percent and will move further to persuade banks to lend. ECB head Mario Draghi said the bank's governing council will intensify preparations related to outright purchases of asset-backed securities.

* Futures drifted higher after the rate cut and added to gains on Draghi's remarks, before slightly paring. The euro dropped against the U.S. dollar and yields on euro zone government debt fell. Earlier on Thursday, in anticipation of the ECB move, Spain auctioned 3- and 5-year bonds at record low yields.

* S&P 500 e-mini futures rose 4 points. 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 44 points and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures added 5 points.   Continuación...