US STOCKS-Wall St to open higher boosted by Apple, Boeing; Fed eyed

miércoles 28 de enero de 2015 10:04 GYT

* Apple posts largest corporate profit in history

* Yahoo unveils plan to spin off Alibaba stake

* Futures up: Dow 13 pts, S&P 6 pts, Nasdaq 43 pts (Updates prices, adds comment)

By Rodrigo Campos

NEW YORK, Jan 28 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were set to rise at the open 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 an 8.1 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.

Boeing added 3.2 percent premarket after handily beating top- and bottom-line expectations.

The expected gains in major equity indexes come a day after a sharp selloff on Wall Street, triggered by downbeat earnings by Microsoft and Caterpillar.   Continuación...