CORRECTED-US STOCKS-Futures point to higher open, Putin comments ease fears

martes 18 de marzo de 2014 17:00 GYT

(Corrects to show housing starts dipped from prior month, not rose)

* 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 50 pts, S&P 5.6 pts, Nasdaq 8.5 pts

By Chuck Mikolajczak

NEW YORK, March 18 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Tuesday, indicating the previous day'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.   Continuación...