US STOCKS-Futures gain on Fed support, S&P to test record

jueves 18 de septiembre de 2014 07:36 GYT

* Futures up: Dow 62 pts, S&P 9 pts, Nasdaq 17 pts

NEW YORK, Sept 18 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were higher in light volume on Thursday, setting up the S&P 500 to test resistance at its record high, a day after the Federal Reserve said interest rates would remain low for a considerable while.

* The Fed renewed on Wednesday its pledge to keep interest rates near zero for a "considerable time," a language supportive of equities and other risky assets. It also indicated it could raise borrowing costs faster than previously forecast when it starts moving, boosting the U.S. dollar.

* Data on monthly housing starts and building permits, as well as weekly applications for unemployment insurance, is due at 8:30 a.m. EDT (1230 GMT). The Philly Fed business index is due at 10:00 a.m. (1400 GMT).

* Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group's upcoming public offering will give Yahoo billions of dollars for a potential shopping spree that investors hope will jumpstart its comeback. The company will sell some $22 billion of shares in New York, with pricing expected after markets close on Thursday.

* Rite Aid shares were falling 7.8 percent in trading before the opening bell after it lowered its guidance for fiscal 2015.

* Shares of Pier 1 Imports were sliding 10.6 percent in premarket trading a day after the company slashed its full-year earnings forecast.

Futures snapshot at 7:20 a.m. EDT (1120 GMT):

* S&P 500 e-minis were up 8.75 points, or 0.44 percent, with 43,783 contracts changing hands. They came within 0.25 point of the record high set earlier this month.   Continuación...