US STOCKS-Wall St to open higher ahead of Fed decision

miércoles 17 de diciembre de 2014 10:11 GYT

* Consumer inflation posts largest decline in six years

* FedEx shares fall after earnings

* Futures up: Dow 64 pts, S&P 10 pts, Nasdaq 17 pts (Updates prices, adds data, comment)

By Rodrigo Campos

NEW YORK, Dec 17 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were set to rise at the open on Wednesday, following three days of losses for major Wall Street indexes, ahead of the year's final statement from the U.S. Federal Reserve that may set the stage for interest rate hikes in 2015.

A strengthening U.S. economy is expected to trump global economic worries and the Fed is likely to signal it is still on track to raise rates.

U.S. consumer prices recorded their biggest drop in nearly six years in November as gasoline prices tumbled, but this probably will do little to change views the Fed will start raising interest rates in mid-2015.

"I do think they will take in consideration slow global economic activity and perhaps mention the threat of deflation in Europe," said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Rockwell Global Capital in New York.

"If there isn't a change in language, that would be the surprise," he said, adding that as the U.S. economy continues to strengthen and lower oil prices give a boost to the consumer "the year-end rally in stocks will resume."   Continuación...