US STOCKS-Futures track rise in global equities, oil

miércoles 25 de mayo de 2016 07:36 GYT

* Futures rise: Dow 60 pts, S&P 7.25 pts, Nasdaq 18.50 pts

By Tanya Agrawal

May 25 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were higher on Wednesday, mirroring global equities, as oil prices rose and investors got more comfortable with the prospect of interest rate hike as early as this summer.

* Easing concerns over several major global risks helped stock markets worldwide rise robustly for a second day. Traders say several polls show Britain will vote strongly to stay in the European Union.

* Euro zone finance ministers agreed with Greece and the International Monetary Fund on a deal that will address Athens' requests for debt relief.

* Oil rose towards $50 a barrel on Wednesday for the first time in seven months, driven by expectations that shrinking supply will help erode any overhang of unwanted crude.

* U.S. stocks surged more than 1 percent on Tuesday and the Nasdaq had its strongest day in three months.

* So far in 2016, the S&P 500 is up about 2 percent and the Nasdaq is down 3 percent.

* Traders are now pricing in a 37.5 percent chance for a June rate hike, up from just 4 percent last week, according to CME Group's FedWatch tool.   Continuación...