US STOCKS-Wall St set to tick higher with eyes on FedEx, other deals

martes 7 de abril de 2015 08:45 GYT

* Thin economic and earnings calendar ahead

* Canada to sell its GM stake to Goldman Sachs

* Futures up: Dow 35 pts, S&P 3.5 pts, Nasdaq 7.75 pts (Updates prices, adds deal news)

By Rodrigo Campos

NEW YORK, April 7 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures edged up on Tuesday, following two sessions of gains for the S&P 500, with deals including a bid from FedEx for a Dutch peer indicating companies still see value in the market.

* A thin economic calendar and no earnings reports from S&P 500 components will leave traders wanting, with the benchmark index less than 2 percent away from its record high set early last month.

* Shares of FedEx rose 5.1 percent in premarket trading as it seeks to buy Dutch package delivery company TNT Express for $4.8 billion. Two years ago, competition regulators blocked United Parcel Service's bid for TNT because, unlike FedEx, that suitor already had a strong European network.

* General Motors shares fell 1.8 percent after Canada agreed to sell nearly 73.4 million shares of the automaker to Goldman Sachs.

* Informatica Corp jumped 4.8 percent after the enterprise software provider said it would be taken private by Permira Advisers and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board for about $5.3 billion.   Continuación...