US STOCKS-Wall St to open higher on Ukraine, Russia truce hopes

miércoles 3 de septiembre de 2014 09:03 GYT

* Factory orders data, Beige Book on tap

* Toll Brothers advances after results

* Futures up: Dow 67 pts, S&P 6.5 pts, Nasdaq 12.25 pts (Updates prices, adds Russian indexes)

By Chuck Mikolajczak

NEW YORK, Sept 3 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were set to open higher Wednesday on optimism a resolution would be reached between Ukraine and Russia and ahead of the latest round of data which could provide insight on the health of the U.S. economy.

* Ukraine said its president had agreed with Russia's Vladimir Putin on steps towards a "ceasefire regime" in Kiev's conflict with pro-Russian rebels, but the Kremlin denied any actual deal, prompting confusion on the eve of a NATO summit.

* Putin later said his views and those of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko were "very close" on finding a political solution to a conflict in eastern Ukraine and that an accord between Kiev and the rebels could be reached by Friday.

* Russia's dollar-denominated RTS index jumped 5.1 percent while the rouble-based MICEX index gained 3.1 percent. The rouble rose 1.9 percent against the dollar to 36.72.