US STOCKS-Futures up with Apple, Boeing; Fed eyed

miércoles 28 de enero de 2015 08:49 GYT

* Apple posts largest corporate profit in history

* Yahoo unveils plan to spin off Alibaba stake

* Futures up: Dow 36 pts, S&P 9 pts, Nasdaq 51 pts

By Rodrigo Campos

NEW YORK, Jan 28 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures rose on Wednesday, boosted by earnings including from Apple and Boeing, while focus could shift later in the day to the Federal Reserve's first two-day policy meeting of the year.

* The Fed is expected to signal it remains on track to begin raising interest rates later this year, as it shows confidence that low inflation and rising risks from abroad have yet to derail the U.S. economic recovery.

* Nasdaq futures rallied more than 1 percent powered by a 9 percent advance in Apple shares. Apple's quarterly results smashed Wall Street expectations with record sales of big-screen iPhones in the holiday shopping season, which helped the company post the largest profit in corporate history.

* Yahoo gained 6.7 percent after it unveiled plans to spin off its 15 percent stake in Alibaba Group Holding , responding to pressure to hand over to shareholders its e-commerce investment valued at roughly $40 billion.

* Boeing added 4.1 percent premarket after posting its earnings results and outlook.   Continuación...