US STOCKS-Futures higher as Exxon, Chevron results awaited
* Futures up: Dow 12 pts, S&P 2 pts, Nasdaq 4 pts
By Abhiram Nandakumar
Oct 30 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were slightly higher on Friday ahead of earnings reports from energy giants Exxon and Chevron and data on consumer spending.
* Global markets rose as central banks kept stimulus programs intact. U.S. stocks closed slightly lower on Thursday, weighed by interest-rate sensitive utilities stocks.
* Brent crude held firm at around $49 per barrel, despite worries about a supply glut.
* U.S. consumer spending data, due at 8:30 a.m. ET (1230 GMT), is forecast to have risen 0.2 percent in September from a 0.4 increase in August.
* Also scheduled is the University of Michigan's final index on consumer sentiment, which is expected to rise to 92.5 in October from 92.1 in September. The data is due at 10:00 a.m.
* While the Federal Reserve's comments on interest rates have been in investors' minds, the focus has largely been on quarterly earnings reports for a reading on the impact of the global economic slowdown on corporate health.
* Strong results from blue-chips have helped improve analyst sentiment, with profits at S&P 500 companies now expected to fall 1.7 percent, far less than the 4.9 percent drop forecast at the start of earnings season, according to Thomson Reuters data. Continuación...