US STOCKS-Wall St flat as energy offsets weak data, earnings
* Jobless claims rise for third straight week
* Pepsi, P&G, 3M blame strong dollar for missing estimates
* GM falls after revenue falls short of forecast
* Indexes: Dow off 0.1 pct; S&P 500 and Nasdaq flat (Updates to open)
By Tanya Agrawal
April 23 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were little changed on Thursday as soft U.S., European and Chinese data, alongside disappointing earnings forecasts, were offset by gains in energy stocks as oil futures rose.
A slight but unexpected rise in U.S. applications for unemployment insurance also pressured equity futures lower, while growth in the U.S. manufacturing sector dipped more than expected in April.
Business activity slowed more than expected in the euro zone this month while manufacturing in Asia's top two economies hit the brakes, suggesting the global recovery path is less clear than policymakers are predicting.
Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 295,000 for the week ended April 18, above the forecast of 290,000. Continuación...