US STOCKS-Futures fall as oil weighs, Fed notes global growth fears

jueves 20 de agosto de 2015 07:29 GYT

* Futures down: Dow 127 pts, S&P 15 pts, Nasdaq 32 pts

By Tanya Agrawal

Aug 20 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures fell sharply on Thursday, a day after minutes from the latest Federal Reserve meeting highlighted concerns over the state of the global economy and as oil prices hit their lowest since 2009.

* U.S. policymakers continued to express broad concerns about lagging inflation and the weak world economy even as the job market improved further.

* Traders scaled back bets the Fed would raise interest rates in September after the minutes. They now see a 35 percent chance of a rate hike next month, down from 46 percent on Tuesday.

* The dollar index fell after the minutes were released on Wednesday. Wall Street briefly turn positive after the minutes, but closed lower, weighed down by oil prices and a fall in materials and energy stocks.

* The Dow Jones industrial average is poised to stay below its 200-day moving average for the 13th session in a row. The last time this happened was in August-September 2011, when the index stayed below its 200-day average for 59 sessions.

* World bourses were trading lower too. Shares in Asia hit a two-year low, German stocks were on track for their worst month in over three years, and British stocks slumped to their lowest since January.

* Fears of slowing growth in China, which carried the global economy following the 2008 international financial crisis, has also affected commodities.   Continuación...