US STOCKS-Wall St set for flat open after February rally
* Consumer spending falls for second straight month
* Manufacturing data expected from Markit, ISM
* NXP Semi to buy Freescale Semi
* HP to buy Aruba Networks
* Futures: Dow up 13 pts, S&P off 1.75 pts, Nasdaq up 5.75 pts (Adds quote, updates prices)
By Chuck Mikolajczak
NEW YORK, March 2 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were poised for a flat open Monday, in the wake of the S&P 500's best month in more than three years, as data showed consumer spending remained soft in January and ahead of a report on the manufacturing sector.
U.S. consumer spending fell for a second month in January, likely as lower gasoline prices continued to weigh on receipts at service stations, while personal income fell just short of expectations, showing a rise of 0.3 percent.
"Basically mixed, income up and spending down, inflation basically not a problem but up from the last time," said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Rockwell Global Capital in New York. Continuación...