US STOCKS-Futures up, Putin comments ease fear of escalation
* Putin tells parliament he does not want more of Ukraine
* Fed in view as two-day meeting set to begin
* Hertz rises in premarket, GameStop slumps
* Futures up: Dow 55 pts, S&P 6.4 pts, Nasdaq 11.5 pts
By Ryan Vlastelica
NEW YORK, March 18 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures rose on Tuesday, rebounding off earlier weakness and indicating Monday's rally would continue after comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin eased concerns that tensions over Ukraine might escalate.
In an address to the Russian parliament, Putin said Russia didn't want Ukraine to be divided further, and that he did not want to seize more of the country after approving plans to make Crimea part of Russia following a disputed referendum.
Late Monday, the United States and the European Union imposed personal sanctions on a handful of officials from Russia and Ukraine who were accused of involvement in Moscow's military seizure of the Black Sea peninsula, in the biggest crisis between Russia and the United States since the end of the Cold War.
While few U.S. companies have heavy exposure to the region, investors are worried that tensions could mount, or that Russia may respond to the sanctions with actions of its own. Continuación...