25 de abril de 2016 / 13:07 / en 2 años

US STOCKS-Wall St set to open lower as investors pause

* Fed meet on April 26-27

* Oil prices slip

* Xerox lower in premarket after fall in revenue

* Tribune Publishing soars after Gannett buyout offer

* Futures down: Dow 38 pts, S&P 5.25 pts, Nasdaq 11 pts (Adds details, comment, updates prices)

By Tanya Agrawal

April 25 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks looked set to open lower on Monday as a dip in oil prices, underwhelming earnings and the impending U.S. Federal Reserve meeting prompted investors to pull back from risky assets.

The central bank’s policymakers are expected to hold interest rates steady when they meet on Tuesday and Wednesday, but may tweak their description of the economic outlook to reflect more benign conditions that leave the path open for future rate rises.

Traders are also keeping an eye on the outcome of a Bank of Japan meeting on Thursday, with expectations that Japan could push deeper into negative interest rate territory.

Oil prices slipped on Monday and added to the pressure, as traders took profits after three weeks of gains and as a jump in the dollar late last week was priced into fuel markets.

“We are looking at a mixed to lower session today as investors assess events that could cause some gyrations,” said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at First Standard Financial in New York.

SS&P 500 e-minis were down 5.25 points, or 0.25 percent, with 230,823 contracts traded at 8:57 a.m. ET (1257 GMT). Nasdaq 100 e-minis were down 11 points, or 0.25 percent, on volume of 23,681 contracts. Dow e-minis were down 38 points, or 0.21 percent, with 26,034 contracts changing hands.

The stock market is on one of its longest bull runs, with the S&P 500 about 2 percent away from its all-time high.

“Investors have a lot to digest this week with the Fed meeting, oil prices and earnings, which could lead to higher market volatility and uncertainties,” Cardillo said.

Investors have been assessing first-quarter earnings, which are expected to decline 7.1 percent. Still, of the 132 S&P companies that have reported so far, 77 percent have beat expectations, above the long-term average of 63 percent, according to Thomson Reuters estimates.

On Friday, Wall Street finished flat after disappointing quarterly reports from Microsoft and Alphabet slammed tech stocks.

Express Scripts Holding and Roper Technologies are scheduled to report results on Monday.

The Commerce Department is expected to report that new home sales increased 1 percent to an annualized rate of 520,000 units in March, according to a Reuters survey of economists. The data is expected at 10 a.m. ET (1400 GMT).

Shares of Tribune Publishing soared 57 percent to $11.80 in premarket trading after Gannett offered to buy the owner of the Los Angeles Times. Gannett was unchanged.

Xerox fell 3 percent to $11.17 after the printer and copier maker reported a fall in its quarterly revenue.

Shares of Perrigo slumped nearly 11 pct to $108.45 after the company’s CEO decided to join rival drugmaker Valeant . Valeant’s U.S.-listed shares were up 4 percent at $37.58. (Reporting by Tanya Agrawal; Additional reporting by Yashaswini Swamynathan; Editing by Don Sebastian)

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