CORRECTED-US STOCKS-Wall St to edge up on data, Ukraine woes linger

jueves 6 de marzo de 2014 11:06 GYT

(In second-last paragraph on Kroger, removes incorrect reference to negative impact of weather)

* Factory orders, durable goods data due

* Staples, Costco shares down after results; Kroger up

* Futures up: Dow 25 pts, S&P 3 pts, Nasdaq 3 pts

By Rodrigo Campos

NEW YORK, March 6 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were set to edge higher at the open on Thursday following upbeat labor market data, while developments in the Ukrainian crisis kept traders on edge.

* Crimea's parliament voted on Thursday to join Russia and its Moscow-backed government set a referendum for March 16 on the decision, in a dramatic escalation of the crisis between Russia and the West over the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula.

* Moscow stocks fell 2.2 percent and the ruble weakened 0.7 percent versus the U.S. dollar after the Crimean vote. A U.S.-traded Russian ETF fell 2.4 percent in light premarket trading.

* Weekly applications for U.S. unemployment insurance fell to 323,000, the lowest in three months, a sign of strength in a labor market that has been hobbled by severe weather. Sales and orders for long-lasting items are due at 10:00 a.m. EST (1500 GMT).   Continuación...