US STOCKS-Futures slightly higher after decline, oil down again

martes 2 de diciembre de 2014 08:13 GYT

* Weakness in crude oil could again pressure energy names

* Avanir Pharma higher in premarket, Otsuka to buy

* Futures up: Dow 37 pts, S&P 3.75 pts, Nasdaq 12.25 pts

By Ryan Vlastelica

NEW YORK, Dec 2 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were slightly higher on Tuesday, indicating a slight rebound from the previous session's broad decline, which was the S&P 500's weakest day in a month.

* Energy shares will be in focus as crude oil continues its recent volatility. U.S. crude futures were down 1.2 percent to $68.16 per barrel. While the commodity jumped on Monday, that followed a plummet of more than 10 percent last week, a decline that took it to multi-year lows.

* Declines in energy shares have corresponded with the weakness in oil, which is down more than 30 percent from a recent high. The S&P 500 energy index is the weakest industry group by far this year, and the only one to be negative for 2014.

* Apple Inc edged slightly higher in premarket trading. The tech giant lost 3.2 percent on Monday, dropping in its biggest one-day drop since September. The stock, the biggest U.S. company by market cap, was also hit by unusual trading activity shortly after the market opened, tumbling in the span of a minute in what some traders deemed a "mini-flash crash."

* Avanir Pharmaceuticals Inc rose 12.5 percent to $16.88 in premarket trading after Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co Ltd agreed to buy the company for about $3.5 billion to expand its neurologic drug portfolio.   Continuación...