US STOCKS-Futures higher as oil edges up; Fed in focus

martes 15 de diciembre de 2015 08:06 GYT

* Futures up: Dow 136 pts, S&P 15.5 pts, Nasdaq 30 pts

By Abhiram Nandakumar and Aastha Agnihotri

Dec 15 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were higher on Tuesday, ahead of a widely expected increase in interest rates later in the week, as crude oil prices clawed back some losses.

* The U.S. Federal Reserve kicks off a two-day policy meeting later in the day, with a statement expected on Wednesday.

* Traders see an 83 percent chance of a rate hike this week, according to the CME Group's FedWatch program.

* Global stocks rose on Tuesday, while the dollar index fell marginally, as crude oil prices recovered from Monday's slide to near 11-year lows.

* U.S. economic data on Tuesday is expected to show consumer prices were unchanged in November after rising 0.2 percent in October. The data is due at 8:30 a.m. ET (1330 GMT).

* Amgen shares were up nearly 3 percent at $162.70 in premarket trading. The drugmaker said on Monday that it would reacquire sales rights to three of its products from GlaxoSmithkline.

* Kennametal slumped 17 percent to $21.22 after it cut its 2016 profit and revenue forecasts, citing weakness and volatility in its core markets and lower oil prices.   Continuación...