US STOCKS-Futures up on BOJ's rate cut; US GDP data awaited

viernes 29 de enero de 2016 08:25 GYT

* Futures up: Dow 119 pts, S&P 13.75 pts, Nasdaq 23.75 pts

By Abhiram Nandakumar

Jan 29 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were higher on Friday after the Bank of Japan unexpectedly cut a benchmark interest rate below zero, and ahead of data on U.S. economic growth in the fourth quarter.

* U.S. gross domestic product likely rose 0.8 percent last quarter, well below the 2 percent growth registered in the third quarter, as a strong dollar and tepid global demand hurt exports.

* The report, due at 8:30 a.m. ET (1330 GMT), may set off another bout of selling on the stock market as investors, already worried about weak global growth, flee to less risky assets.

* Nevertheless, investors around the world cheered what was the BOJ's boldest move yet to spur its economy, driving stocks and the dollar higher.

* U.S. stocks closed higher on Thursday, boosted by a rally in tech stocks led by Facebook and a surge in oil prices.

* Crude prices held steady near $34 per barrel on Friday on hopes of top producers agreeing to cut production.

* Corporate earnings continue to be in focus, with industry heavyweights Chevron and MasterCard among those scheduled to report before the bell. Chevron's shares were up 1 percent, while Mastercard rose about 2 percent premarket.   Continuación...