US STOCKS-Futures flat ahead of data flurry

jueves 26 de febrero de 2015 08:52 GYT

* Initial claims, CPI, durable goods data on tap

* climbs after results, outlook

* Futures up: Dow 16 pts, S&P 2.75 pts, Nasdaq 6.75 pts

By Chuck Mikolajczak

NEW YORK, Feb 26 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Thursday ahead of a flurry of economic data, after the Dow edged up to a new record a day earlier while the Nasdaq snapped a 10-session winning streak.

* Investors were looking ahead to data on the labor market and inflation at 8:30 a.m. (1330 GMT) with the release of weekly initial jobless claims and the January consumer price index. Expectations call for claims to rise to 290,000 while CPI is expected to show a decline of 0.6 percent.

* Durable goods data for February is also expected at 8:30 a.m. (1330 GMT), with expectations calling for an increase of 1.7 percent.

* A decline in shares of Apple tilted the S&P 500 and Nasdaq slightly into the red on Wednesday, while the Dow managed to edge up to a new record in the wake of testimony by U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen to a House of Representatives committee that yielded little insight into the timing of an interest rate hike.

* After a sluggish start to the year, equities have rebounded sharply in February. Both the Dow and S&P 500 are on track for their best monthly performance since October 2011, while the Nasdaq is on pace for its best month since January 2012.   Continuación...