US STOCKS-Futures little changed as oil prices hit new 2016 high

viernes 29 de abril de 2016 07:36 GYT

* Futures down: Dow 12 pts, S&P 2.75 pts, Nasdaq 12 pts

By Aastha Agnihotri

April 29 (Reuters) - Nasdaq futures were lower on Friday, weighed down by a fall in tech stocks, while S&P and Dow futures were little changed as a jump in oil prices helped limit losses.

* Oil hit new highs this year on Wednesday and was poised for its biggest monthly gain in seven years as a weak dollar and falling U.S. production tempered concerns about a lingering excess of physical oil.

* Stock markets around the world were in the red - with the yen rallying to an 18-month high, signaling a broader risk aversion among investors - a day after the Bank of Japan's shocking call to cap monetary stimulus rattled investors.

* Investors will keep an eye on U.S. inflation data, which is expected to have risen modestly in March as consumer spending remained tepid, raising the possibility of a single interest rate hike this year.

* Economists polled by Reuters expect two increases this year but futures prices show traders do not expect rates to rise until late 2016, according to CME Group's FedWatch.

* Data is expected to show Consumer spending probably edged up 0.2 percent in March after a 0.1 percent gain in February. The data is expected at 8:30 a.m. ET (1230 GMT).

* Shares of Amazon jumped 12.3 percent to $676.24 in premarket trading after its quarterly results blew past analysts' expectations.   Continuación...