US STOCKS-Wall St set for higher open as earnings lift sentiment

miércoles 20 de abril de 2016 08:58 GYT

* Crude down more than 1 percent

* VMWare, Discover Financial jump after earnings beat

* Intel down after revenue forecast cut

* Futures up: Dow 9 pts, S&P 3 pts, Nasdaq 9 pts (Adds details, comment, updates prices)

By Abhiram Nandakumar

April 20 (Reuters) - U.S. stock indexes were set to open slightly higher on Wednesday as encouraging earnings reports countered oil prices sliding on renewed concerns about global oversupply.

Crude fell more than 1 percent after Kuwaiti oil workers called off a strike that drove up prices and helped the S&P 500 breach 2,100 on Tuesday, about 30 points shy of its record high.

A recent rebound in oil and the U.S. Federal Reserve's accommodative monetary policy helped the index recover from a steep selloff earlier this year.

Investors are sharply focused on the earnings season as they seek catalysts to drive stocks higher. Big-bank earnings reports last week were better than expected and helped lift sentiment.   Continuación...