US STOCKS-Futures rise as Fed looks set to hike rates

miércoles 16 de diciembre de 2015 08:47 GYT

* Fed announcement expected at 2 p.m. ET (1900 GMT)

* Yellen speaks half an hour later

* Traders see a more than 80 pct chance of hike on Wednesday

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* Futures up: Dow 81 pts, S&P 8 pts, Nasdaq 17.75 pts (Adds details, link to graphics, comment, updates prices)

By Tanya Agrawal

Dec 16 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were higher on Wednesday ahead of a widely expected hike in interest rates by the Federal Reserve later in the day.

The Fed will announce the outcome of its policy meeting at 2 p.m. ET (1900 GMT), followed by a press conference by Chair Janet Yellen at 2:30 p.m. ET.

An increase in the Fed's benchmark rate, from near zero, would be the first since June 29, 2006.   Continuación...