US STOCKS-Futures lower ahead of GDP data

martes 24 de noviembre de 2015 08:05 GYT
 

* Futures down: Dow 57 pts, S&P 7.5 pts, Nasdaq 18.5 pts

By Abhiram Nandakumar

Nov 24 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were down on Tuesday ahead of third-quarter GDP data that could feed into the Federal Reserve's decision on whether to raise interest rates next month.

* Global security concerns also remained on the forefront after the U.S. State Department issued a global travel alert for Americans and Turkey said it shot down a Russian warplane that had violated its airspace near the Syrian border.

* Travel and leisure-related stocks slipped. Shares of travel website operator Priceline were down 1.8 percent, while cruise operators Carnival Corp and Royal Carribean were down about 1 percent in premarket trade.

* U.S. stocks closed slightly lower on Monday after last week's strong gains as Pfizer's $160 billion deal for Allergan failed to impress investors.

* Investors will be scrutinizing data this week for further insight into the state of the economy ahead of the Fed's policy meeting next month, at which it is expected to raise interest rates for the first time since 2006.

* The U.S. Commerce Department is expected to revise third-quarter GDP growth to an annual rate of 2.1 percent, from 1.5 percent previously. The data is due at 8.30 a.m. (1330 GMT).

* U.S. consumer confidence data, due at 10.00 a.m., is also expected to have improved slightly in November. The Conference Board will release the data at 10.00 a.m.   Continuación...