US STOCKS-Futures fall as Brussels attacks spark safety concerns

martes 22 de marzo de 2016 06:53 GYT

* Futures down: Dow 46 pts, S&P 7.25 pts, Nasdaq 18 pts

By Abhiram Nandakumar

March 22 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were lower on Tuesday after explosions in Brussels sparked fresh geopolitical concerns and sent investors scurrying for safety.

* Two explosions tore through Brussels airport on Tuesday morning, killing 13 people in what Belgian public broadcaster VRT called a suicide attack, and another blast struck a metro station in the capital shortly afterwards.

* Global markets tanked, while crude prices and traditional safe havens gold and government bonds firmed up as reports of the events in the de facto capital of the European Union unfolded. Airline and travel-related stocks were the worst hit.

* "Anything like the events we're seeing in Brussels this morning is going to weigh on risk sentiment and risk appetite," said Michael Hewson, chief market strategist at CMC Markets in London.

* Shares of cruise operator Carnival Corp were down 3.7 percent at $47.93 premarket, while travel-website operator Expedia was off 1.7 percent at $109 and peer Priceline fell 1 percent to $1336.60.

* Southwest Airlines fell 1.6 percent to $44.25 and American Airlines was off 1.1 percent at $43.

* The attacks eclipsed encouraging economic data out of the euro zone, while Asian shares had faltered earlier over comments from U.S. Federal Reserve policymakers hinting at an earlier-than-expected increase in interest rates.   Continuación...