US STOCKS-Futures slightly lower as crude oil retreats
* Futures down: Dow 41 pts, S&P 3.75 pts, Nasdaq 4.75 pts
By Abhiram Nandakumar
Dec 30 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were marginally lower on Wednesday as crude oil gave up Tuesday's gains after forecasts suggested winter in Europe and the United States would be short-lived.
* Global stocks followed crude prices lower, as demand remains sluggish and supply continues unabated.
* Shares of Exxon and Chevron were down about 1 percent in premarket trading.
* U.S. stocks closed sharply higher on Tuesday on a rally in tech stocks led by Apple and Amazon.
* The S&P 500 closed Tuesday in positive territory for the year, rising a modest 0.95 percent, while the Nasdaq Composite was up 7.85 percent. The Dow Jones industrial average, however, was down 0.57 percent in 2015.
* The S&P 500 energy sector is down 22.68 percent for the year, easily the worst performer on the index, followed by an 8.72 percent decline in materials, caused by the rout in commodities.
* Trading volumes are expected to remain thin on the last trading days of the year. Continuación...