US STOCKS-Futures edge higher on German growth; data on tap

viernes 13 de febrero de 2015 08:56 GYT

* Import prices, UMich data on tap

* German growth beats expectations

* Futures up: Dow 35 pts, S&P 3.25 pts, Nasdaq 10.75 pts

By Chuck Mikolajczak

NEW YORK, Feb 13 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures inched higher on Friday, with gains in the prior session having moved the S&P 500 to within 2 points of a closing record, after upbeat economic data from Germany and ahead of a reading on U.S. consumer confidence.

* Germany grew 0.7 percent in the fourth quarter, more than double the expected 0.3 percent, pointing to a stronger 2015 for the region's biggest economy and fueling optimism about growth in the broader euro zone.

* Investors await U.S. January import prices data at 8:30 a.m. (1330 GMT) for a gauge of inflation. Expectations call for a drop of 3.2 percent versus a 2.5 percent fall in December.

* The preliminary University of Michigan's February reading on consumer sentiment is due at 10:00 a.m. (1500 GMT). Expectations call for a 98.1 reading.

* Equities rallied Thursday after a ceasefire agreement between Ukraine and Russia, with strong gains in technology shares pushing the Nasdaq to a 15-year high. The S&P 500 stands at 2,088.49, just shy of its 2,090.57 record on Dec. 29.   Continuación...