US STOCKS-Futures dip after two-day run, ahead of payrolls

viernes 9 de enero de 2015 09:16 GYT
 

* Payrolls, wholesale trade data on tap

* AbbVie forecast 2015 earnings above expectations

* Futures off: Dow 61 pts, S&P 7.25 pts, Nasdaq 8.5 pts (Adds premarket actives)

By Chuck Mikolajczak

NEW YORK, Jan 9 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were lower on Friday, after a two-day rally in equities put the S&P 500 back in positive territory for the new year and ahead of a key report on the labor market.

* The S&P 500 added 3 percent over the last two sessions, retracing a good portion of its 4.2 percent loss in the previous five trading days, on expectations the U.S. economy will continue to accelerate and hopes the European Central Bank will take more aggressive stimulus action in the coming weeks.

* The two-day run has put the S&P slightly higher for the week, up 0.2 percent, with the Dow up 0.4 percent and the Nasdaq up 0.2 percent.

* The December payrolls report is due at 8:30 a.m. (1330 GMT). Expectations call for 240,000 non-farm payrolls to be added after the outsized 321,000 increase in November.

* Later in the session at 10:00 a.m. (1500 GMT), wholesale trade data for November is expected. Inventories are estimated to climb 0.3 percent versus a 0.4 percent increase in October.   Continuación...