29 de abril de 2015 / 13:12 / en 3 años

US STOCKS-Wall St set to open lower as U.S. economic growth slows

* First-qtr GDP growth lower-than-expected

* Lumber Liquidator slump after company misses forecast

* GoPro jumps after forecasts comes in above estimates

* Futures down: Dow 127 pts, S&P 13 pts, Nasdaq 26.3 pts (Adds details, comment, updates prices)

By Tanya Agrawal

April 29 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures fell further on Wednesday after data showed that the U.S. economic growth stalled in the first quarter and ahead of the outcome of the two-day Federal Reserve meeting.

U.S. gross domestic product braked more sharply than expected in the quarter and grew at only 0.2 percent annual rate as harsh weather dampened consumer spending and energy companies struggling with low prices cut spending.

The Fed is not expected to raise interest rates. But investors will closely examine the central bank’s statement for clues on when rates are likely to be increased, as a batch of soft data could push back the timing of a hike until the end of the year. The statement is expected at 1400 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT).

“The mixed economic data has been a concern. The low-rate environment is a bubble in itself and its like riding a balloon until the pin pops,” said Andre Bakhos, managing director at Janlyn Capital in Bernardsville, New Jersey.

S&P 500 e-mini futures were down 13 points and their fair value - a formula that evaluates pricing by taking into account interest rates, dividends and time to expiration on the contract - indicated a lower open.

Dow Jones industrial average e-mini futures were down 127 points and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures were down 26.25 points.

A number of companies also posted mixed earnings.

Twitter shares were down percent 2.2 percent at $42.38 in premarket trading. The stock slumped as much as 24 percent after market on Tuesday as the company cut its full-year forecast due to weak demand for its new direct response advertising.

Lumber Liquidators slumped 15.9 percent to $28.11 after the hardwood flooring retailer reported a 2 percent fall in net sales so far in April and said its chief financial officer would leave in June.

Starwood Hotels rose 8.6 percent to $87.77 after it said it was exploring strategic and financial alternatives, while MasterCard rose 1.41 percent to $91.50 after its profit increased due to lower tax expenses.

Wearable camera maker GoPro shares jumped 11.2 percent to $52.44 after it forecast current-quarter profit and revenue above analysts’ expectations, citing strong demand for its action cameras.

Shares of Eaton Corp, a maker of electrical and hydraulic systems, fell 1 percent to $69.29 after the company blamed the strong dollar for cutting its 2015 forecast.

Companies that hedge well against the dollar, such as Nike will continue to do well but companies who blame the dollar will continue to be a step behind, said Oliver Pursche, CEO of Bruderman Brothers in New York.

“History will continue to repeat itself,” said Pursche.

Goodyear, the largest U.S. tire maker, rose 2.2 percent to $27.80 after reporting a better-than-expected quarterly profit as offset the effects of a stronger dollar by managing costs. (Editing by Savio D‘Souza)

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