US STOCKS-Futures edge lower with earnings awaited

martes 14 de abril de 2015 06:48 GYT

* Investors look ahead to results from JPMorgan, J&J

* Norfolk Southern gave weak outlook late Monday

* Nokia in talks to buy Alcatel-Lucent

* Futures down: Dow 12 pts, S&P 1.5 pt, Nasdaq 6 pts

By Ryan Vlastelica

NEW YORK, April 14 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures edged lower on Tuesday as investors awaited a number of key earnings results, including from a pair of large-cap banks.

* Both JPMorgan Chase & Co and Johnson & Johnson are scheduled to report Tuesday morning, with Intel Corp expected after the market closes. All three are Dow components, and in addition to JPMorgan, Wells Fargo & Co is also scheduled to result.

* Trading could be light until those names come in and give the market direction, but concerns have been growing that this earnings season will be weak due to lower oil prices -- expected to sharply weigh on energy profits - and a strong U.S. dollar -- which tends to hurt profits for U.S. multinationals.

* Late Monday, Norfolk Southern Corp forecast a surprise drop in its first-quarter earnings and revenue.   Continuación...