US STOCKS-Financial stocks pull Wall Street lower

jueves 24 de marzo de 2016 11:33 GYT

* Crude prices fall below $40 a barrel

* Wells Fargo down after UBS starts coverage with sell

* Futures down: Dow 0.29 pct, S&P 0.35 pct, Nasdaq 0.05 pct (Adds details, changes comment, updates prices)

By Abhiram Nandakumar

March 24 (Reuters) - U.S. stock indexes were lower on Thursday ahead of the long Easter weekend, dragged down by financial stocks, while gains in the dollar hurt commodities.

The dollar was on track for its best streak in almost a year as recent comments by U.S. Federal Reserve policymakers suggested support for more than one increase in interest rates this year, with the first perhaps as early as April.

St. Louis Fed President James Bullard, a voting member of the Federal Open Market Committee, became the latest official to take a hawkish stance after he said on Thursday that another hike "may not be far off."

The comments are in contrast with Fed Chair Janet Yellen's cautious tone on raising rates as the central bank remains data dependant and wary of weak global financial and economic conditions.

"The outlook for most investors is caution," said Amir Madden, portfolio manager at asset management firm GAM in New York.   Continuación...