US STOCKS-Futures flat at 5-year highs, investors await earnings

Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:02am EST
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* U.S. shares of RIM surge in premarket after CEO comments

* Dow down 8 pts, S&P down 0.9 pt, Nasdaq up 5 pts

By Ryan Vlastelica

NEW YORK, Jan 22 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were flat on Tuesday as investors held back on making large bets ahead of an onslaught of corporate earnings after recently notching five-year highs.

* Both the Dow and S&P 500 closed at their highest levels since December 2007 on Friday, spurred by a strong start to earnings season. U.S. markets were closed on Monday for a public holiday.

* Despite stronger-than-expected financial results from major companies, including big banks, at the start of the quarterly reporting season, many investors are worried that the other earnings reports will reflect economic uncertainty in the fourth quarter.   Continued...