CORRECTED-US STOCKS-Futures gain on earnings; Merck shares up in premarket

martes 29 de abril de 2014 08:34 GYT

(Removes incorrect reference to 'monthly' in seventh paragraph on impending FOMC meeting)

* Merck quarterly profit tops estimate but revenue misses

* Twitter to report earnings after close

* EU sanctions 15 politicians, military leaders over Ukraine

* Futures up: Dow 46 pts; S&P 6 pts; Nasdaq 17.25 pts

NEW YORK, April 29 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures rose on Tuesday following a batch of early corporate results that were better than expected.

* Merck & Co Inc shares were up 4.1 percent in premarket trading after announcing its results. Britain's Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc also confirmed it was in talks to buy Merck & Co's consumer health business, the latest asset up for grabs in a wave of recent pharmaceutical deals.

* Sprint Corp shares rose 2.3 percent in premarket trading after announcing quarterly results.

* Twitter is due to report after the market closes Tuesday.   Continuación...