US STOCKS-Futures hold on to gains after Tillerson's ouster


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    * Futures up: Dow 82 pts, S&P 10.25 pts, Nasdaq 27.25 pts 

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    By Sruthi Shankar
    March 13 (Reuters) - U.S. stock indexes were set to open
higher on Tuesday as a decline in expectations for the pace of
interest rate rises outweighed news of Rex Tillerson's ouster as
U.S. Secretary of State.
    Trump said he replaced Tillerson with Central Intelligence
Agency Director Mike Pompeo and has tapped Gina Haspel to lead
the CIA.*:nL1N1QV0ID
    The news comes just a week after the departure of Trump's
economic adviser Gary Cohn in the wake of a surprise turn
towards new trade tariffs on steel and aluminum.
    "I don't think Tillerson out and his replacement is a shock
to the market that lasts very much at all. The turnover in the
Trump administration is so high," said David Kotok, chairman Of
Money Management Firm Cumberland Advisors, Sarasota, Florida.
    Futures earlier got a boost from data that showed U.S.
consumer prices cooled in February, signaling that the Federal
Reserve has few reasons to raise interest rates more than three
times in 2018.
    At 9:00 a.m. ET, Dow e-minis  1YMc1  were up 82 points, or
0.33 percent, with 16,436 contracts changing hands.
    S&P 500 e-minis  ESc1  were up 10.25 points, or 0.37
percent, with 187,648 contracts traded.
    Nasdaq 100 e-minis  NQc1  were up 27.25 points, or 0.38
percent, on volume of 21,764 contracts.

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