2 de febrero de 2016 / 12:21 / en 2 años

US STOCKS-Futures slump as oil prices fall further

* Futures down: Dow 120 pts, S&P 15 pts, Nasdaq 34 pts

By Tanya Agrawal

Feb 2 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were lower on Tuesday after oil prices resumed their downward spiral, hit by worries about weak demand and rising supply.

* Oil prices were down about 3 percent as hopes for a deal between OPEC and Russia on output cuts faded with Goldman Sachs saying it was “highly unlikely”. Oil has fallen more than 70 percent since June 2014.

* Investors were also concerned about a China-led global economic slowdown and the pace of rate hikes by the U.S. Federal Reserve. The S&P 500 has fallen 5.1 percent this year.

* Adding to concerns, consumer saving from cheap gasoline prices have failed to translate into higher spending as U.S. consumers increase their savings and choose to pay down debt rather than buy big-ticket items.

* Traders expect the Fed to scale back the number of rate hikes this year. They are pricing in only a 17-percent chance that the Fed will raise rates in March, according to CME Group’s FedWatch.

* Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer’s remarks on Monday seemed to calm some investors regarding the pace of future hikes. Fischer said the U.S. economy could suffer, with inflation remaining too low, if recent volatility in financial markets persists and signals a slowdown in the global economy.

* Fourth-quarter S&P 500 earnings are expected to have fallen 4.1 percent from a year earlier, according to Thomson Reuters data. The estimate has improved since last week.

* Big names such as Exxon, Pfizer, United Parcel Services are scheduled to report results on Tuesday.

* Alphabet shares jumped 4.9 percent to $808.76 in premarket trading, a day after the internet giant’s quarterly profit handily beat estimates. Alphabet surpassed Apple as the most valuable U.S. company. Apple was down 0.8 percent at $95.65.

* Mattel was up 7.5 percent at $28.76 after the toy maker reported a surprise rise in quarterly net sales, its first increase in over two years.

* Dow Chemical was up 2.4 percent at $43.60 after the company reported a 6.5 percent rise in quarterly operating profit.

Futures snapshot at 6:56 a.m. ET (1156 GMT):

* Dow e-minis were down 120 points, or 0.73 percent, with 34,189 contracts changing hands.

* S&P 500 e-minis were down 15 points, or 0.78 percent, with 208,263 contracts traded.

* Nasdaq 100 e-minis were down 33.5 points, or 0.78 percent, on volume of 33,451 contracts. (Reporting by Tanya Agrawal; Editing by Don Sebastian)

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