US STOCKS-Wall St to open lower after 2-day run, ADP data

miércoles 4 de febrero de 2015 10:12 GYT

* Crude falls after 4-day rally

* ADP employment falls short of expectations

* Merck down after earnings, Disney climbs

* Futures off: Dow 18 pts, S&P 6.25 pts, Nasdaq 14.5 pts (Adds ADP data, quote)

By Chuck Mikolajczak

NEW YORK, Feb 4 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were poised to dip at the open on Wednesday, in the wake of a two-day rally for the S&P 500, as oil prices declined and labor market data disappointed.

The ADP National Employment Report showed private employers added 213,000 jobs in January, falling short of the median forecasts of analysts of 225,000 jobs.

Oil prices declined after a four-day rally of nearly 20 percent as a new build in U.S. crude stockpiles put a global glut back in focus. U.S. crude was down 3.3 percent to $51.32 and Brent was off 2.6 percent to $56.43. Contract driller Transocean fell 1.9 percent to $18.05 in premarket trade.

"Oil has been the big driver. We have seen oil moving strongly since last Friday and certainly the energy sector was leading the market higher," said Peter Jankovskis, co-chief investment officer at OakBrook Investments LLC in Lisle, Illinois.   Continuación...