US STOCKS-Futures rise as oil prices stabilize

martes 16 de febrero de 2016 08:28 GYT

* Futures up: Dow 211 pts, S&P 25.75 pts, Nasdaq 70 pts

By Tanya Agrawal

Feb 16 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were higher on Tuesday as Brent crude oil prices hit a 12-day high after four of the world's largest producers agreed to freeze output.

* Oil prices, which has been on a roller-coaster ride this year, rose more than 1 percent after the move by Russia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Venezuela to tackle a global supply glut.

* Besides oscillating oil prices, investors have also been concerned regarding a China-led slowdown in the global economy.

** The S&P 500 remains down more than 8 percent since the beginning of the year, even though Chinese stock markets were closed during last week's selloff in risky assets.

* Earlier on Tuesday, Chinese stocks closed with their biggest daily percentage gain in more than three months. Remarks by Premier Li Keqiang were interpreted as hinting at more stimulus for the world's second-biggest economy.

* Investors will also be keeping an eye on speeches by the presidents of the Philadelphia Fed, Minneapolis Fed and Boston Fed, who will give their views on the economy on Tuesday.

* Investors already nervous about the health of the global economy have found little relief in U.S. corporate reports. S&P 500 companies' fourth-quarter earnings are expected to have fallen 3.9 percent from a year earlier.   Continuación...