US STOCKS-Futures jump as Yellen eases fears of slowing growth
* Futures up: Dow 214 pts, S&P 22 pts, Nasdaq 46 pts
By Abhiram Nandakumar
Sept 25 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures rose 1.5 percent on Friday, a day after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said she expects the central bank to raise interest rates later this year.
* Yellen's comments helped ease fears regarding the growth of the global economy. Markets have been skittish since last week, when Yellen cited concerns about slowing growth as a key reason for holding off from a hike.
* Yellen said on Thursday that she and other policymakers do not expect recent global economic and financial market developments to significantly affect the central bank's policy.
* The dollar rose against a basket of currencies to its highest since August after Yellen's speech.
* Wall Street closed lower on Thursday, after Caterpillar cut its 2015 sales forecast, and healthcare investors sold off for a fifth day in a row.
* Shares of Nike jumped 8.2 percent to $124.25 premarket after the world's largest sportswear maker's quarterly profit outpaced expectations on surprisingly steep growth in China.
* Apple was up 1.1 percent at $116.28 as its new iPhones go on sale globally. Continuación...