US STOCKS-Futures flat; JPMorgan, J&J report results

martes 14 de abril de 2015 08:15 GYT

* JPMorgan edges up in premarket after results

* Norfolk Southern gives weak outlook late Monday

* Nokia in talks to buy Alcatel-Lucent

* Futures down: Dow 12 pts, S&P 2.25 pts, Nasdaq 3.25 pts (Updates with JPMorgan, J&J results)

By Ryan Vlastelica

NEW YORK, April 14 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were flat on Tuesday as a pair of Dow components ticked higher after reporting results, though investors continued to look for confirmation that companies would be able to top lowered expectations this quarter.

JPMorgan Chase and Johnson & Johnson were among the first bellwethers to report for this earnings season. Investors are concerned companies may face headwinds from weakness in oil prices and strength in the U.S. dollar.

Financial giant JPMorgan Chase & Co rose 0.5 percent to $62.40 before the bell as the Dow component posted earnings growth after a rebound in fixed-income trading.

J&J reported a drop in first-quarter profit, though revenue topped expectations. Shares edged up 0.2 percent to $100.79 in premarket trading.   Continuación...