US STOCKS-Futures fall; crude oil prices hold steady

jueves 21 de enero de 2016 08:29 GYT

* Futures down: Dow 87 pts, S&P 8.75 pts, Nasdaq 18.25 pts

By Abhiram Nandakumar

Jan 21 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures dropped on Thursday, indicating there would be little respite from this year's selloff, sparked by a steep drop in oil prices and growing fears of a global economic slowdown.

* Crude oil prices fell about 1 percent, but were holding steady near 12-year lows. Prices are down more than 25 percent this year, drowning under persistent oversupply, and have been a key driver of the global cross-asset rout.

* Global markets were mixed on Thursday: Asian stocks fell, but European indexes were up slightly as investors await the outcome of an European Central Bank meeting.

* The ECB is expected to hold interest rates at record lows and traders will be watching for the bank's reaction to the turmoil in global markets. President Mario Draghi holds a news conference at 1330 GMT (8:30 a.m. ET).

* A volatile session on Wall Street on Wednesday ended with the S&P 500 closing at its lowest since October 2014.

* The S&P 500 has declined 9 percent this year due to collapsing oil prices and fears of a slowdown in China, the world's second-largest economy and a key market for U.S. companies.

* U.S. jobless claims is likely to have dropped to 278,000 last week, from 284,000 the previous week, data due at 8:30 a.m. ET is expected to show.   Continuación...