US STOCKS-Futures down as commodities fall, techs in focus

* Texas Instruments raises view, struggles to fill orders

* Crude falls on stronger dollar, ahead of inventory data

* Manpower survey shows employers less willing to hire

* Futures down: Dow 38 pts, S&P 4.8 pts, Nasdaq 6.25 pts

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By Ryan Vlastelica

NEW YORK, March 9 (BestGrowthStock) – U.S. stock index futures fell
on Tuesday as commodities weakened ahead of a report expected
to show another increase in crude oil inventories, a bearish
sign for demand in the world’s largest energy consumer.

* Technology shares will also be in focus one day after
Texas Instruments Inc (TXN.N: ) raised its quarterly earnings and
revenue forecast and said it was struggling to fill orders due
to increased demand for chips. For details, see

* Oil prices slipped back from eight-week highs, falling
nearly 1.7 percent to $80.47 per barrel on a stronger dollar
and expectations that crude inventories likely rose for a sixth
straight week. [ID:nLDE6280F1]

* S&P 500 futures (SPc1: ) fell 4.8 points and were below
fair value, a formula that evaluates pricing by taking into
account interest rates, dividends and time to expiration on the
contract. Dow Jones industrial average futures (DJc1: ) lost 38
points, and Nasdaq 100 futures (NDc1: ) slid 6.25 points.

* One year ago Tuesday, markets hit a more than 12-year low
in the wake of the financial crisis. The Dow has rallied about
62 percent since then.

* Marsh & McLennan Cos Inc (MMC.N: ) put its security
consulting business up for sale for $1.3 billion, the Financial
Times reported. [ID:nN08203254]

* Kroger Co (KR.N: ) is the only S&P 500 company scheduled to
report quarterly results on Tuesday, while economic data
includes the March IBD economic optimism report.

* According to a quarterly survey by Manpower Inc (MAN.N: ),
U.S. employers are slightly less willing to hire workers in the
coming quarter than they were in the last period.

* European equities dropped 0.7 percent in morning trade,
with declines in financial and mining stocks outweighing
strength in food producers such as Nestle (NESN.VX: ), Unilever
(ULVR.L: ) and Danone (DANO.PA: ).

* Tech stocks pushed the Nasdaq higher on Monday on an
otherwise flat day for U.S. stocks (Read more about the stock market today. ), led by BlackBerry maker
Research in Motion Ltd (RIMM.O: ) and Cisco Systems Inc
(CSCO.O: ).

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(Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

US STOCKS-Futures down as commodities fall, techs in focus