US STOCKS-Wall St drops before jobs report; Greece worries linger

jueves 4 de junio de 2015 17:31 GYT

* Energy, material shares lead decline

* Weekly jobless claims fall

* Anxiety ahead of Friday's monthly payrolls report

* Indexes down: Dow 0.9 pct, S&P 0.8 pct, Nasdaq 0.8 pct (Updates close with Zumiez down after the bell)

By Caroline Valetkevitch

June 4 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks fell on Thursday, hit by nervousness ahead of Friday's jobs report and lingering uncertainty over a Greece aid deal with creditors.

Declining oil and gold prices also weighed on energy and materials shares, which led declines in the benchmark S&P 500.

Data showed the labor market tightening, with first-time applications for unemployment aid down last week and the number of people on benefit rolls hitting the lowest level since 2000, suggesting the Federal Reserve will remain on track to raise interest rates later this year.

The data came ahead of Friday's key U.S. jobs report, expected to show a 225,000 gain in non-farm payrolls, according to a Reuters estimate.   Continuación...