US STOCKS-Futures point to flat Wall St open, Yellen remarks awaited

jueves 27 de febrero de 2014 09:53 GYT

* Investors look to Yellen for insight into weather impact

* Jobless claims unexpectedly up, durable goods top forecasts

* Retailers look to rise after J.C. Penny, Best Buy results

* Futures: Dow up 2 pts, S&P up 0.1 pt, Nasdaq down 1.5 pt

By Ryan Vlastelica

NEW YORK, Feb 27 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly lower open on Thursday, with a better-than-expected read on durable goods helping to offset geopolitical uncertainty in Ukraine.

* Market moves may be slight ahead of comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, who will address the Senate Banking Committee in a semiannual testimony about monetary policy at 10:00 a.m. EST (1500 GMT)

* Geopolitical tensions mounted after armed men seized the regional government headquarters and parliament in Ukraine's Crimea and raised the Russian flag. Ukraine's parliament appointed former economy minister Arseny Yatseniuk to be prime minister, while ousted leader Viktor Yanukovich said he was still president in a statement sent to Russian news agencies from an unknown location.

* In the latest economic data, orders for durable goods fell 1 percent in January, a drop that was less than had been forecast. However, jobless claims unexpectedly rose in the latest week.   Continuación...