US STOCKS-Futures point to higher open after Crimea vote
* Markets deemed vulnerable to geopolitical shocks
* S&P 500 comes off biggest weekly decline in seven
* Alibaba will begin U.S. IPO process
* JA Solar soars in premarket after results
* Futures up: Dow 67 pts, S&P 7.8 pts, Nasdaq 18.5 pts
By Ryan Vlastelica
NEW YORK, March 17 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures pointed to a sharply higher open on Wall Street Monday, rebounding from a steep drop in the previous week, after Sunday's referendum over whether Crimea will join Russia passed without violence.
* While markets are seen as vulnerable to further developments in what is considered the biggest crisis between Russia and the United States since the Cold War, anticipated sanctions against Russia have yet to materialize.
* The 97-percent vote in Crimea in favor of quitting Ukraine was condemned as illegal by Kiev and the West, with the White House calling Russian actions "dangerous and destabilizing." Continuación...