US STOCKS-Futures lower as Greece uncertainty weighs

martes 2 de junio de 2015 07:26 GYT

* Futures down: Dow 8 pts, S&P 3 pts, Nasdaq 2 pts

By Tanya Agrawal

June 2 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were slightly lower on Tuesday, tracking European markets, as uncertainty lingered regarding the outcome of Greece's negotiations with creditors.

* Greece must repay four loans totaling 1.6 billion euros ($1.8 billion) to the International Monetary Fund this month, starting with a 300 million euro payment on June 5.

* The leaders of Germany, France and Greece's international creditors agreed late on Monday to work with "real intensity" as they try to reach a deal that would prevent Athens from defaulting and potentially leaving the euro zone.

* Adding pressure to stock futures, the dollar hit a 12 1/2-year high against the yen in Asian trade before pulling back to trade down against the Japanese currency and the euro.

* Investors will also keep a keen eye on a slew of U.S. economic data due this week for clues regarding the timing of the Federal Reserve's first rate hike in nearly a decade.

* Data due on Tuesday include April factory orders at 10:00 a.m. ET (1400 GMT). Demand for U.S. manufactured goods is likely to be flat after a strong showing in March.

* The U.S. auto industry will report industry sales for May and analysts expect demand to be flat or down slightly from last year. That data is expected at 1:30 p.m. ET.   Continuación...