US STOCKS-Futures rise as tensions in Ukraine, Iraq seem to wane

miércoles 13 de agosto de 2014 07:22 GYT

* S&P 500 about 3 percent off record levels

* Threat of Russia invading Ukraine appears to recede

* Amazon higher in premarket, introduces card device

* Futures up: Dow 69 pts, S&P 9.5 pts, Nasdaq 19.75 pts

By Ryan Vlastelica

NEW YORK, Aug 13 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures rose on Wednesday amid a perceived easing of tensions in both Ukraine and Iraq, which pushed investors to seek bargains.

* Wall Street has struggled for direction of late, notching both steep losses and solid gains - often on low trading volume - with equities largely moving on the news flow from abroad. Investors have been concerned in recent weeks about the potential fallout of a protracted conflict or escalation of crises in Ukraine, the Gaza Strip or Iraq.

* In Ukraine, Poland's foreign minister said the threat of Russia invading Ukraine had receded amid reports an aid convoy that Moscow is sending to eastern Ukraine would cross the border under the aegis of the Red Cross. Western officials had been wary of the convoy, speculating it may be a cover for invasion.

* Russia's dollar-denominated RTS index jumped about 1 percent and the Market Vectors Russia Exchange-Traded Fund was up 0.9 percent to $24.22 in premarket trading.   Continuación...