Futures tread lower as oil prices continue retreat

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[June 10, 2016]  By Yashaswini Swamynathan

(Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were lower on Friday as oil prices, which rallied to their year high earlier in the week, retreated for the second straight day.

* Despite higher demand, oil eased as traders booked profits after a three-day winning streak that started Monday, and as the dollar moved higher.

* Wall Street ended lower on Thursday, with the S&P 500 and the Dow also snapping a three-day rally as lower oil prices wiped the sheen off materials and energy stocks and looming fears over global growth sent investors scurrying to safe haven assets.

* Global issues, including uncertainty over interest rate hikes and the impending vote on Britain's membership in the European Union, have kept investors cautious.

* Even with the reversal in major indexes on Thursday, the S&P 500 is still just 17 points away from its record intraday high, rallying after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen expressed confidence in the economy, and was more dovish on raising interest rates.

* All three major indexes are on track to finish the week higher.

* Among economic data on tap for the day is preliminary consumer sentiment index in the United States, which is expected to come in at 94.0 in June, compared to 94.7 last month. The data is scheduled for release at 10:00 a.m. ET.

* Apple  was down 0.7 percent premarket after the company announced the revamp of its App Store, which failed to impress developers and analysts.

* Tesla fell 1.5 percent to $225.80 after the NHTSA said it was reviewing the car maker's sedans for safety defects.

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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York, U.S., June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Futures snapshot at 7:15 a.m. ET:

* Dow e-minis <1YMc1> were down 76 points, or 0.42 percent, with 14,498 contracts changing hands.

* S&P 500 e-minis were down 11 points, or 0.52 percent, with 125,858 contracts traded.

* Nasdaq 100 e-minis  were down 27.5 points, or 0.61 percent, on volume of 11,330 contracts.

(Reporting by Yashaswini Swamynathan in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio D'Souza)

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