US STOCKS-Futures tick up on earnings, world conflicts eyed

miércoles 23 de julio de 2014 08:20 GYT

* Microsoft sees end to Nokia losses, shares rise

* Boeing shares rise as deliveries boost earnings

* Futures up: Dow 13 pts, S&P 3 pts, Nasdaq 12 pts

NEW YORK, July 23 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures edged up on Wednesday, boosted by bullish earnings from companies like Microsoft and Boeing, though conflicts in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip weighed on investor confidence.

* Microsoft shares rose 2.4 percent in premarket trading a day after it said it aimed to get its loss-making Nokia phone unit to break even within two years.

* Boeing added 1.2 percent in premarket trading after it reported a 52 percent jump in quarterly profit on higher commercial aircraft deliveries.

* Apple shares edged 0.7 percent higher even as it posted a smaller-than-expected 6 percent rise in quarterly revenue Tuesday. Sales surged 28 percent in greater China despite stiff competition in its third-largest market.

* S&P 500 e-mini futures were up 3 points and fair value - a formula that evaluates pricing by taking into account interest rates, dividends and time to expiration on the contract - indicated a slightly higher open. Dow Jones industrial average e-mini futures rose 13 points and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures added 12 points.

* In a blow to Israel's economy and a public relations coup for Hamas, U.S. and European air carriers halted flights to Tel Aviv, citing concern over a militant rocket from Gaza that hit a house near the city's airport. Israel urged a re-think, saying its air space was safe.   Continuación...