* Oil up on forecasts of steep draw in U.S. crude stocks
* General Mills falls as sales miss estimates
* Nvidia, AMD higher after rating upgrades
* Futures up: Dow 56 pts, S&P 6.25 pts, Nasdaq 11.75 pts
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By Tanya Agrawal
Dec 20 Wall Street looked set to open higher on
Tuesday as investors appeared to have shrugged off the potential
impact from increased political tensions following Monday's
deadly attacks in Turkey and Germany.
Investors also held off from making big bets in the last
full week of trading before the holidays.
Wall Street extended a recent rally on Monday but finished
the session short of earlier highs as risk aversion set in
following the killing of Russian ambassador to Turkey in Ankara
and a truck attack in Germany.
"2016 is ending with tragic incidents in Turkey and Germany,
but investors have become so fast in digesting bad news, and
this explains the resilience in financial markets," said Hussein
Sayed, chief market strategist at FXTM.
U.S. stocks have been on a tear since the Nov. 8
presidential election, with the S&P rising nearly 6 percent on
bets that President-elect Donald Trump's plans for deregulation
and infrastructure spending will boost the economy.
The Dow Jones industrial average is less than 1 percent away
from 20,000, a level it has never breached.
"We're looking at a higher opening today but the lack of any
major economic news and the fact that market shrugged off
Monday's events means stocks will drift in an upwards trend,"
said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at First Standard
Financial in New York.
Dow e-minis were up 56 points, or 0.28 percent, with
16,923 contracts changing hands at 8:27 a.m. ET (1327 GMT).
S&P 500 e-minis were up 6.25 points, or 0.28 percent,
with 72,954 contracts traded.
Nasdaq 100 e-minis were up 11.75 points, or 0.24
percent, on volume of 13,702 contracts.
Oil prices edged higher on forecasts of a steep draw in U.S.
crude oil stocks that could indicate a global oversupply is
starting to shrink.
The dollar index bounced back towards 14-year highs,
a day after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the U.S.
labor market had improved to its strongest in almost a decade,
suggesting wage growth is picking up.
General Mills fell 3.6 percent to $60.80 after the
Cheerios cereal-maker's quarterly results missed expectations.
BlackBerry rose 3.1 percent to $7.95 after the
Canadian smartphone maker's adjusted profit beat analysts'
Nvidia was up 2.7 percent at $104.47 after
brokerages Goldman Sachs and Mizuho raised their price targets
on the chipmaker's stock.
Advanced Micro Devices was up 2 percent at $11.20
after Mizuho raised upgraded the stock to "buy".
(Reporting by Tanya Agrawal in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil
D'Silva and Saumyadeb Chakrabarty)