US STOCKS-Futures lower as oil retreats again; Apple disappoints
* Futures down: Dow 68 pts, S&P 12.25 pts, Nasdaq 41.75 pts
By Abhiram Nandakumar
Jan 27 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were lower on Wednesday after oil prices gave up gains and Apple's disappointing forecast.
* Apple's shares were down 3.5 percent at $96.51 premarket after the company forecast its first revenue drop in 13 years and saw its slowest-ever rise in iPhone shipments as the slowdown in China hit sales.
* Crude prices resumed their decline after an unexpected rise in U.S. inventories erased optimism around the world's top producers coming together to mitigate a massive glut.
* Global stocks took a hit from the slump in oil, ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve's statement on monetary policy due at 2:00 p.m. ET (1900 GMT).
* While an interest-rate hike is not expected today, the central bank's statement will offer some insight into how the current turmoil in global markets is influencing its outlook.
* U.S. stocks closed higher on Tuesday, led by a surge in oil prices and strong quarterly results from industry bellwethers.
* Corporate results will also influence sentiment with a slew of companies reporting on Wednesday, including Boeing before the bell, and tech majors Facebook, Qualcomm and eBay after the close. Continuación...