US Stocks Set For Lower Open on Penultimate Day of The Year Amid Weaker Oil

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U.S. stocks were set to open in the red Wednesday as crude oil prices once again fell to 11-year lows and as International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde painted a bleak picture of the outlook for 2016.

According to German newspaper Handelsblatt, Lagarde said weakness in financial sectors as well as emerging markets would weigh on global growth and called for accommodative monetary policy for most highly developed economies, except the U.S. and possibly the U.K. She said that the prospect of higher rates in the U.S. and a slowdown in China contributed to uncertainty and higher risk to global economies.

West Texas Intermediate crude oil was down nearly 3% recently to $36.93 recently while Brent crude shed 2% to $37.04.

In economic data, the November pending home sales index out at 10:00 a.m. E.T. is expected to have gained 0.5% over the slight 0.2% rise in October. The consensus range is between no change and a 2.4% increase, according to data compiled by Econoday.

In equities, KalaBios Pharmaceuticals ( KBIO ) filed for bankruptcy. The company's shares have been halted since Dec. 17 when CEO Martin Shkreli was arrested for allegedly taking money from one of his companies to pay for losses at another. The company fired Shkreli. Nasdaq is seeking to delist the company, which yesterday was granted a hearing on Feb. 25 to appeal the delisting.

Also, Apple ( AAPL ) shares were down 0.3% in pre-market trade after Italian newspaper La Repubblica reported that the company agreed to pay $347 million in an Italian tax evasion case. The newspaper said the company was accused of avoiding about 800 million euros ($874 million) in taxes from 2008 to 2013.


-Dow Jones Industrial down 0.27%

-S&P 500 futures down 0.19%

-Nasdaq 100 futures down 0.29%

-Nasdaq 100 pre-market indicator down 0.10%


Nikkei up 0.27%

Hang Seng down 0.53%

Shanghai Composite up 0.26%

FTSE-100 down 0.60%

DAX-30 down 1.08%


(+/-) Large cap tech: mixed

(+/-) Chip stocks: mixed

(+/-) Software stocks: unchanged

(-) Hardware stocks: unchanged to lower

(-) Internet stocks: lower

(+/-) Drug stocks: mixed

(-) Financial stocks: unchanged to lower

(+/-) Retail stocks: unchanged

(-) Industrial stocks: unchanged to lower

(+/-) Airlines: unchanged

(+/-) Autos: unchanged


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(-) FB (-0.3%) Court allows investors to pursue group claims in IPO suit

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(-) DDD (-0.7%) Needham & Co cuts PT to $14 vs $15, reiterates buy rating

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