US STOCKS-Futures point to higher open after IMF cuts forecasts

martes 20 de enero de 2015 09:46 GYT

* IMF lowers growth outlook for 2015 and 2016

* Oil lower again; Halliburton rises after results

* FXCM shares plummet 90 percent, details loan agreement

* Futures up: Dow 86 pts, S&P 11.25 pts, Nasdaq 28.75 pts (Updates prices, adds J&J results)

By Ryan Vlastelica

NEW YORK, Jan 20 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Tuesday as lower growth forecasts from the International Monetary Fund spurred hopes that central banks would take more aggressive policy stances to accelerate economic improvement.

While the lower forecasts implied less demand for fuel through 2016, contributing to another leg lower in crude oil prices, Wall Street stocks were on track for a second straight day of solid gains, after a rally of more than 1 percent on Friday.

The IMF lowered its forecasts for global economic growth in both 2015 and 2016, projecting a 3.5 percent advance this year and 3.7 percent next year. Both forecasts are down by 0.3 percentage points. The IMF advised advanced economies to maintain accommodative monetary policies to avoid increases in real interest rates as cheaper oil increases the risk of deflation.

U.S. crude futures fell 3 percent to $47.22 per barrel, keeping the commodity - which is down more than 55 percent since June - near its lowest level since 2009.   Continuación...