US STOCKS-Futures drop as selling pressure continues; data on tap

jueves 16 de octubre de 2014 08:16 GYT

* Netflix tumbles in premarket after quarterly results

* Goldman Sachs falls after earnings

* Initial jobless claims data on tap

* Futures off: Dow 114 pts, S&P 15.5 pts, Nasdaq 33 pts (Updates prices, adds premarket movers)

By Chuck Mikolajczak

NEW YORK, Oct 16 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures tumbled on Thursday, after the S&P 500 closed at its lowest in six months, amid concerns about weak global demand and its potential impact on the U.S. economy and businesses.

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq briefly fell into negative territory for the year on Wednesday as the S&P tumbled more than 3 percent to a session low, before rallying late in the session. The decline was also spurred by worries over the spread of the deadly Ebola virus and its possible impact on the travel industry.

The benchmark S&P index has dropped in six of the past eight sessions and is down 7.4 percent from a record closing high Sept. 18. The CBOE Volatility index is up 118 percent since the S&P record, and closed Wednesday at its highest since June 2012. The VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short Term exchange-traded note jumped 23.8 percent to $6.04 in premarket.

Earnings reports did little to stem the equity rout. Netflix shares shares plunged 25.9 percent to $332.40 in premarket after it reported quarterly results and said it signed up fewer video-streaming subscribers than forecast for the quarter.   Continuación...