US STOCKS-Wall St set for lower open on last day of year
* S&P 500 holds on to small gain for year
* Energy sector worst performer on S&P 500
* Futures down: Dow 48 pts, S&P 5.75 pts, Nasdaq 12.25 pts (Adds details, comment, updates prices)
By Abhiram Nandakumar
Dec 31 (Reuters) - U.S. stock indexes were set to open lower on Thursday as crude slipped further to end the year in steep losses.
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 losses suffering under an unprecedented global glut that may take another year to clear.
Shares of Chevron were off 0.8 percent at $89.37, while Exxon was down 0.4 percent at $77.78 in premarket trading.
Wall Street closed lower on Wednesday but the S&P 500 held on to a small gain for the year and the Nasdaq Composite stayed comfortably higher. Continuación...