US STOCKS-Futures fall after S&P 500's 5-day rally
* Futures down: Dow 27 pts, S&P 4.5 pts, Nasdaq 12.5 pts
By Abhiram Nandakumar
Oct 6 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures fell slightly on Tuesday after a rally spurred by fading expectations of an interest rate hike this year saw the S&P 500 post its fifth advance in a row.
* Global stocks held on to meager gains on the possibility that the era of near-zero interest rates continues.
* German industrial orders fell unexpectedly in August, data released on Tuesday showed, adding to worries that waning demand, especially from China and other emerging markets, would spread across the globe.
* Crude oil prices fell slightly, before steadying near $50 per barrel, as investors booked profits from a rally on Monday that sent Brent crude prices up more than 2 percent.
* The crude oil rally helped U.S. stocks close higher on Monday. The S&P had gained 5.6 percent over the past five days, its best five days dating back to late 2011.
* The U.S. corporate earnings season begins this week and S&P 500 companies are expected to record the biggest decline in quarterly profits in six years.
* Analysts expect S&P 500 companies to report a 4.2 percent decline in earnings in the third quarter, according to Thomson Reuters data. Continuación...