US STOCKS-Futures higher after 2-day fall, Alcoa earnings

martes 13 de enero de 2015 08:35 GYT

* Alcoa up in premarket after results

* Oil falls near 6-year low

* Futures up: Dow 96 pts, S&P 10.75 pts, Nasdaq 23.5 pts

By Chuck Mikolajczak

NEW YORK, Jan 13 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures advanced on Tuesday after the S&P 500 fell for a second consecutive session, as earnings from Alcoa helped ease some investor skittishness about the corporate earnings season.

* Alcoa Inc gained 2.5 percent to $16.57 before the opening bell. The company reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit due to a boost from automotive demand, higher aluminum prices and lower energy costs.

* Another sharp decline in energy shares as oil prices tumbled about 5 percent and growing concern over corporate profits sent equities lower for the second straight day. The benchmark S&P index has fallen in seven of the past nine sessions and is down 3 percent from its most recent record high on Dec. 29.

* Financials including JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo , Goldman Sachs and Citigroup are among companies also due to report this week, along with Dow component Intel Corp.

* Fourth-quarter earnings are expected to show growth of 3.8 percent over the year-earlier period, according to Thomson Reuters data.   Continuación...