US STOCKS-Futures higher, building on recent gains

lunes 24 de noviembre de 2014 08:14 GYT

* Wall Street closed a fifth week of gains on Friday

* RenaissanceRe to buy Platinum for $1.9 bln

* Trading may be light in Thanksgiving holiday week

* Futures: S&P up 3.75 pts, Dow up 25 pts, Nasdaq up 10.25

By Ryan Vlastelica

NEW YORK, Nov 24 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures rose on Monday, indicating the market's recent strength would continue during a week that's expected to see light action ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday.

* Equities closed a fifth straight week of advances Friday, with the Dow and S&P 500 ending at closing records on the back of accommodative action from central banks in China and Europe.

* Policy in China, the world's No. 2 economy, could spur more market gains. Sources told Reuters the country's leadership and central bank were ready to cut interest rates again and loosen lending restrictions on concern falling prices could trigger a surge in debt defaults, business failures and job losses.

* The S&P 500 has appreciated 13.3 percent since an intraday low hit on Oct. 15, and the gains since then have been broad, with all but 23 S&P 500 components higher. The speed of the rally has worried some market participants, and volatility may pick up this week with traders out for the holiday. Markets will close for Thanksgiving on Thursday and close early Friday.   Continuación...