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

Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:42am EST
 
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By Ryan Vlastelica

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

Both the Dow and S&P 500 closed at their highest levels the earnings season. U.S. markets were closed on Monday for a public holiday.

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