US STOCKS-Futures higher as investors await Fed meeting

jueves 10 de diciembre de 2015 10:02 GYT

* Oil prices continue to hover near 7-year lows

* Weekly jobless claims rise to five-month high

* Men's Wearhouse slumps on forecast warning

* Futures up: Dow 28 pts, S&P 5.25 pts, Nasdaq 11.5 pts (Adds details, comment, updates prices)

By Tanya Agrawal

Dec 10 (Reuters) - U.S. futures were higher even as oil prices continued to hover around 7-year lows and investors await a rate hike decision by the U.S. Federal Reserve.

Markets have had a bruising week so far as equities tracked oil prices. Brent futures are down more than 6 percent this week and having dipped below $40 per barrel there are renewed expectations it might test 2008's low.

U.S. stocks closed lower on Wednesday in a choppy session as oil resumed its decline, fuelling investor worries about global economic growth.

"The market will continue to watch oil carefully and we can expect a mixed to positive session if we don't see any wild swings in oil prices like we did yesterday," said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at First Standard Financial in New York.   Continuación...