US STOCKS-Futures little changed on last trading day of 2015

jueves 31 de diciembre de 2015 08:14 GYT

* Futures up: Dow 5 pts, S&P 1 pts, Nasdaq 2 pts

By Abhiram Nandakumar

Dec 31 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were little changed in subdued trading on the last day of the year, with the S&P 500 holding on to a small gain for the year.

* Global stocks were heading towards a sluggish end to the year, with the fall in oil prices hurting currencies of commodity-rich countries. The dollar index rose marginally against a basket of currencies.

* Crude oil prices were set for their second year of steep losses suffering under an unprecedented global glut that may take another year to clear.

* Wall Street closed lower on Wednesday. Dow Jones industrial average stayed firmly in negative territory for the year, while the Nasdaq Composite was higher.

* Energy stocks have taken a beating this year, with the S&P energy sector losing nearly 24 percent this year, followed by a near 10 percent loss by materials.

* Eight of the 10 worst performers on the S&P this year are energy companies, led by Chesapeake Energy, which shed nearly 78 percent of its value in 2015.

* On the other hand, the consumer discretionary sector has been the best performer on the S&P, rising 9.5 percent in 2015, led by Netflix's 139 percent increase and Amazon's 122 percent gain.   Continuación...