US STOCKS-Wall St set for lower open as investors seek safety

martes 9 de febrero de 2016 09:44 GYT

* Oil prices reverse course to trade lower

* Viacom lower after revenue misses estimates

* Regeneron Pharma hit by weak sales forecast

* Futures down: Dow 147 pts, S&P 17 pts, Nasdaq 40.5 pts (Adds details, changes comment, updates prices)

By Abhiram Nandakumar

Feb 9 (Reuters) - U.S. stock indexes were set to open lower on Tuesday, as cautious investors doubled down on safer assets amid increasing concerns of a sustained slowdown in global economic growth.

Gold prices steadied near seven-month highs, while yields on Japan's 10-year government bond slipped into negative territory for the first time ever.

Japan's Nikkei nosedived 5.4 percent. Global markets were also lower, again led by a fall in European bank stocks. Chinese markets are closed through the week for the Lunar New Year. Oil prices gave up early gains to trade down 1 percent as the U.S. market neared the open.

"There is a high probability of a further correction in equity prices, led by banking and energy stocks," said Lorne Baring, managing director of B Capital Wealth Management, adding that looming defaults in the energy sector would hurt banks.   Continuación...