US STOCKS-Futures flat, investors cautious with indexes at records
* Dow, S&P 500 hit closing highs on Wednesday
* Energy in focus amid recent volatility
* Tesla rallies in premarket after results
* Futures: Dow down 4 pts, S&P down 2.25 pts, Nasdaq flat
By Ryan Vlastelica
NEW YORK, Nov 6 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Thursday, as investors held off on making bets with key indexes at record levels and looked toward Friday's closely watched payrolls report for trading incentives.
* Both the Dow and S&P 500 hit closing highs Wednesday after the Republican Party took control of the Senate in the midterm elections, allaying fears of drawn-out runoff votes and raising hopes for business- and energy-friendly policies.
* Equities have been strong of late, with the benchmark S&P 500 rising in ten of the past 16 sessions, and only recording modest losses on its down days. The index has not closed with a loss of 1 percent since Oct. 13; it has had five days with a gain of that magnitude since then.
* Tesla Motors Inc was the most active name of Nasdaq's premarket session, jumping 5 percent to $242.60 a day after its third-quarter results beat expectations. The electric car maker also said production of its next vehicle would be delayed until the autumn of 2015. Continuación...