US STOCKS-Wall St set for slightly higher open as oil steadies

martes 12 de abril de 2016 08:58 GYT

* Alcoa drops after revenue misses estimates

* Juniper Networks down after weak forecast

* Futures up: Dow 26 pts, S&P 5 pts, Nasdaq 9.75 pts (Adds details, comment, updates prices)

By Yashaswini Swamynathan and Abhiram Nandakumar

April 12 (Reuters) - U.S. stock indexes were set to open higher on Tuesday, tracking a rise in crude oil, even as Alcoa kicked off the earnings season with a lackluster quarterly report.

Benchmark Brent edged up over $43 per barrel on hopes that a meeting of major producers on Sunday would result in a deal to curb a persistent global oversupply.

Shares of Alcoa were down 3.2 percent at $9.43 in premarket trading.

Investors will turn their attention to corporate earnings over the next several weeks, amid turbulent global markets and the uncertainty surrounding the U.S. Federal Reserve's plan to raise interest rates.

"The market has been in a small consolidating phase, biding time and waiting for the next driver that will dictate the next move in equities," said Andre Bakhos, managing director at Janlyn Capital in Bernardsville, New Jersey.   Continuación...