US STOCKS-Indexes set to open higher after Draghi comments

jueves 21 de enero de 2016 10:06 GYT

* ECB holds interest rates steady

* ECB could reconsider policy in March-Draghi

* Verizon gains on better-than-expected profit

* Futures up: Dow 87 pts, S&P 78 pts, Nasdaq 87 pts (Adds details, comment, updates prices)

By Abhiram Nandakumar

Jan 21 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures reversed course to trade higher on Thursday after the European Central Bank held rates at record lows and President Mario Draghi's comments boosted prospects of continued stimulus.

Draghi said rates are expected to remain at current levels or lower for an extended period and that the central bank would "review and possibly reconsider" it monetary policy stance when it next meets in March.

Oil prices also sharply pared their losses, while European stocks added to their gains after Draghi's comments.

Draghi's comments come a day after a rout in global stocks that was spurred by the relentless drop in oil prices and fears of a China-led slowdown in global growth.   Continuación...