US STOCKS-Wall St set to rise on earnings; world conflicts eyed

miércoles 23 de julio de 2014 08:59 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 (Updates prices)

By Rodrigo Campos

NEW YORK, July 23 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were set to rise slightly at the open on Wednesday, boosted by bullish earnings from companies like Boeing, Pepsi and Microsoft, though conflicts in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip weighed on investor confidence.

* Microsoft shares rose 1.4 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.

* PepsiCo rose 2.1 percent before the opening bell after it reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit and raised its full-year adjusted earnings forecast.

* 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.   Continuación...