US STOCKS-Futures point to lower open as Ukraine fears weigh

jueves 28 de agosto de 2014 08:52 GYT

* Investors concerned by report of Russian troop movements

* GDP revised higher in Q2, jobless claims fall

* Banks in focus after reports of cyber attacks

* Futures down: Dow 49 pts, S&P 6.25 pts, Nasdaq 11.75 pts (Updates prices, adds economic data)

By Ryan Vlastelica

NEW YORK, Aug 28 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Thursday after Ukraine's president said Russian forces had been brought into his country, bringing concerns over the volatile region back into focus and overshadowing some positive economic data.

* Worries over tension abroad had largely faded from Wall Street, with major indexes seeing few negative days over the past two weeks and both the Dow and S&P hitting records. However, the market has been looking for direction, with daily moves small and trading volume light.

* Ukraine's security and defense council said the border town of Novoazovsk and other parts of Ukraine's south-east had fallen under the control of Russian forces who, together with rebels, were staging a counter-offensive. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called an urgent meeting of the security and defense council to decide the next steps to take in the crisis.

* While few U.S. companies have heavy exposure to either country, investors are worried about the potential fallout from any escalation in tensions, including increased sanctions. An index of major shares in Europe, which has much more exposure, fell 0.7 percent. If European growth is depressed by the conflict, that could have an indirect impact on the United States.   Continuación...