US STOCKS-Futures point to lower open; Netflix rallies early

jueves 16 de abril de 2015 08:42 GYT

* Wall Street on an uptrend; Nasdaq near record

* Netflix rallies after results, SanDisk lower

* Jobless claims unexpectedly rise in latest week

* Futures down: Dow 55 pts, S&P 7 pts, Nasdaq 16.75 pts (Updates trading, adds Goldman results, European equities)

By Ryan Vlastelica

April 16 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Thursday as investors continued to digest earnings that were largely ahead of expectations but show little organic growth.

Overseas events were also a focus as concerns grew about Greece's debt situation. The Financial Times reported the International Monetary Fund had rebuffed a request from the country to delay loan repayments. An index of European shares fell 0.9 percent.

Of the 36 companies in the S&P 500 that have reported thus far, 81 percent have exceeded profit expectations, over the long-term average of 63 percent. Only 47 have beaten on revenue, however, below the historical average of 61 percent. That suggests companies are boosting their bottom lines with cost cuts rather than through business expansion.

Goldman Sachs reported better-than-expected earnings, helped by a burst of trading in fixed-income and currencies. Shares of the Dow component rose 0.4 percent to $201.85 before the bell.   Continuación...