28 de noviembre de 2014 / 13:22 / en 3 años

US STOCKS-Futures flat; oil rout looks to weigh on energy

* Oil falls 6.5 percent, Exxon tumbles in pre-market

* Dow on track to turn negative for the week

* Dow and S&P each down 3 points, Nasdaq up 8.75 points (Updates prices)

By Ryan Vlastelica

NEW YORK, Nov 28 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were mostly flat on Friday, as the market’s recent upward bias looked to continue in a holiday-shortened session, though energy shares saw heavy pressure as crude oil tumbled to a four-year low.

Wall Street was closed for the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday and will shut three hours earlier on Friday. Trading volatility could spike since many market participants were extending the holiday.

U.S. crude futures slumped 6.3 percent to $69.06 per barrel. It was the biggest one-day drop for crude since August 2011, and the decline brought prices to their lowest since 2010. On Thursday, OPEC decided not to cut output, which could leave oil markets heavily oversupplied.

Energy shares have been under pressure throughout 2014 as crude prices have slid more than 30 percent from a recent closing high. The S&P energy sector is the only S&P 500 industry group to be lower for the year, down 4.3 percent.

The Energy Select Sector SPDR exchange-traded fund fell 4.3 percent to $81.60 in pre-market trading. Exxon Mobil Corp lost 3.5 percent to $91.20 while Chevron Corp fell 4 percent to $110.55; both stocks are Dow components. Halliburton Co lost 4.2 percent to $45.35.

The weakness in oil could be a boon for the holiday shopping season, with lower gas prices possibly sparking increased consumer spending.

The decline in oil boosted airline shares ahead of the market open. American Airlines Group Inc rose 3.8 percent to $46.67 before the bell, while JetBlue Airways Corp was up 4.8 percent to $14.25. Delta Air Lines Inc jumped 4 percent to $46.

Despite the energy weakness, major indexes could eke out a sixth straight weekly advance. For the week so far, the Dow is up 0.1 percent and the S&P is up 0.5 percent. The Nasdaq is up 1.6 percent, boosted by strength in technology shares, a trend that continued on Friday and lifted Nasdaq futures, which count few energy names as major components. Cisco Systems Inc rose 0.6 percent to $27.59.

Equities have been strong of late, with the Dow and S&P 500 both closing at records on Wednesday. Recent gains have been fueled by actions from central banks around the world, as well as strong economic data and corporate results.

Futures snapshot at 8:06:

* S&P 500 e-minis were down 3 points, or 0.14 percent, with 161,532 contracts changing hands.

* Nasdaq 100 e-minis were up 8.75 points, or 0.2 percent, in volume of 28,101 contracts.

* Dow e-minis were down 3 points, or 0.02 percent, with 30,229 contracts changing hands. (Editing by Paul Simao)

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