US STOCKS-Futures higher after 2-day decline, Alcoa results

martes 13 de enero de 2015 09:19 GYT

* Alcoa up in premarket after results

* Oil falls near 6-year low

* Futures up: Dow 81 pts, S&P 8.5 pts, Nasdaq 20.5 pts (Adds premarket actives)

By Chuck Mikolajczak

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

* Alcoa Inc gained 1.1 percent to $16.35 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 a 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 & Co, Wells Fargo & Co, Goldman Sachs Group Inc and Citigroup Inc are among the 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...