US STOCKS-Futures flat, but crude oil sharply lower

jueves 19 de febrero de 2015 09:02 GYT

* Crude oil slumps, but above $50 per barrel

* Priceline shares rally in premarket after results

* Jobless claims awaited, seen falling in latest week

* Dow down 22 pts, S&P down 3.25 pts, Nasdaq up 2.75 pts (Adds Priceline results)

By Ryan Vlastelica

NEW YORK, Feb 19 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Thursday as investors looked ahead to data on the labor market and continued to digest recent comments by Federal Reserve officials.

Fed policymakers expressed concern last month that raising interest rates too soon could pour cold water on the U.S. economic recovery, according to minutes from the Fed's Jan. 27-28 meeting. Stocks generally have risen with any sign the Fed could raise rates later rather than sooner.

Energy shares looked to be in focus with crude oil down 4 percent at $50.08, as another big weekly build in U.S. crude inventories and possible rise in Saudi output fueled concerns about oversupply. Exxon Mobil fell 1.1 percent to $90.04 in premarket trading while Halliburton Co was off 1.8 percent to $43.60 and ConocoPhillips fell 1.7 percent to $66.60.

The commodity has rebounded 15 percent from a recent bottom hit in late January but is still down more than 50 percent from a June peak.   Continuación...