US STOCKS-Futures edge down; energy in focus amid oil slump

martes 4 de noviembre de 2014 07:58 GYT
 

* Dow, S&P 500 hit intraday records in previous session

* Energy in focus as oil falls for fourth straight session

* Sprint lower in premarket; revenue growth disappoints

* Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq futures all down about 0.2 pct

By Ryan Vlastelica

NEW YORK, Nov 4 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures ticked lower on Tuesday, with investors taking a pause following a rally that has taken major indexes to repeated records, although a sharp decline in crude oil could weigh on energy shares.

* Both the Dow and S&P 500 inched up to intraday records in Monday's session, but the indexes ended the day with slight losses. The quiet session followed the Dow's biggest weekly gain since January 2013 and the S&P's biggest two-week jump since December 2011.

* Energy companies will be in focus as U.S. crude futures slumped 2.7 percent to $76.69 per barrel after top oil exporter Saudi Arabia cut sales prices to the United States. The Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF fell 1.6 percent to $84.65 in premarket trading.

* While the broader market has rallied this year, energy has lagged. The S&P energy index is down 3.3 percent in 2014, the only one of the ten primary sectors that is negative on the year. This is the fourth straight day that crude has fallen, losing 6.7 percent over that period. It is down more than 30 percent from a recent closing peak.   Continuación...