* Futures up: Dow 16 pts, S&P 3 pts, Nasdaq 10.25 pts
By Yashaswini Swamynathan
Sept 14 U.S. stock index futures treaded water
on Wednesday, after a broad selloff a day earlier, as oil prices
* Rising bond yields, sparked in part by deepening worries
over the difficulty of the world's major central banks to
stimulate growth, also kept investors in broadly risk-off mode.
* Crude prices rose 0.53 percent after a
smaller-than-expected build in U.S. crude stockpiles. A 3
percent slide in crude prices on Tuesday weighed heavily on Wall
* The dollar index dipped after a report said the
Bank of Japan is considering further monetary easing steps. Gold
* The markets are also awaiting the Federal Reserve's
policy-setting meeting next week.
* Traders have set a meager 15 percent chance of a rate hike
at the meet, after contrasting views by Fed officials in the
past few weeks, according to the CME Group's FedWatch tool.
* A Labor Department report is expected to show import
prices edged lower in August, while export prices likely inched
up. The data is due at 8:30 a.m. ET (1230 GMT).
* Monsanto rose 1.6 percent to $107.85 in heavy
premarket trading after Bayer agreed to buy the seed
maker for $128 per share.
* Department store chain Macy's rose 1.7 percent to
$35.27 after Citigroup upgraded the stock to "buy".
* Sarepta surged 15.2 percent to $29.48 after
Oppenheimer said an FDA decision was imminent on the drugmaker's
highly anticipated Duchenne muscular drug.
Futures snapshot at 7:12 a.m. ET:
* Dow e-minis were up 16 points, or 0.09 percent,
with 6,187 contracts changing hands.
* S&P 500 e-minis were up 3 points, or 0.14 percent,
with 95,225 contracts traded.
* Nasdaq 100 e-minis were up 10.25 points, or 0.22
percent, on volume of 4,509 contracts.
(Reporting by Yashaswini Swamynathan in Bengaluru; Editing by