PARIS Jan 15 U.S. stock index futures pointed
to a slightly lower open on Wall Street on Tuesday, with futures
for the S&P 500 down 0.04 percent and Nasdaq 100
futures down 0.17 percent at 0955 GMT.
* World shares stalled near 18-month highs and safe-haven
Treasuries traded higher on Tuesday after U.S. Federal Reserve
Chairman Ben Bernanke warned the economic recovery was at risk
from the battle to raise the nation's borrowing limit.
* Data showing the German economy contracted by a
larger-than-expected 0.5 percent in the final quarter of 2012,
as the euro zone crisis weighed on exports and corporate
investment, also weighed on sentiment on Tuesday morning.
* Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Monday urged U.S.
lawmakers to lift the country's borrowing limit to avoid a
potentially disastrous debt default, warning that the economy
was still at risk from political gridlock over the deficit.
In a wide-ranging question and answer session, Bernanke
painted a cautiously optimistic outlook for U.S. growth but gave
no clear hints as to when the Fed would curb its aggressive bond
purchases, despite speculation that it will halt them this year.
* President Barack Obama on Monday rejected any negotiations
with Republicans over raising the U.S. borrowing limit, accusing
his opponents of trying to extract a ransom for not ruining the
economy in the latest fiscal fight.
* The United States expects to run out of tools to avoid a
default between mid-February and early March, potentially
causing lasting damage to the U.S. economy and its
creditworthiness, the Treasury said on Monday.
* U.S. banking regulators on Monday ordered JPMorgan Chase &
Co to tighten its risk controls after the bank lost
billions of dollars due to bad bets from a trader known as the
* U.S. cable group Liberty Global raised its stake
in Belgian group Telenet to 58 percent from 50.2
percent. Liberty is seeking to strengthen its grip on Telenet,
which is benefiting from expansion across a range of telecom
services. Liberty has been the controlling shareholder in the
company since 2007.
* RadioShack Corp said on Monday it ended a mobile
phone partnership with Target Corp as the retailers
could not agree on a new deal that would be profitable for both
* The S&P 500 and Nasdaq ended lower on Monday as worries
over demand for Apple products drove down its shares and
investors braced for earnings disappointments.
* The Dow Jones industrial average was up 18.89
points, or 0.14 percent, at 13,507.32. The Standard & Poor's 500
Index was down 1.37 points, or 0.09 percent, at 1,470.68.
The Nasdaq Composite Index was down 8.13 points, or 0.26
percent, at 3,117.50.