US STOCKS-Wall St edged down on Greece worries, tepid U.S. data

jueves 2 de julio de 2015 16:55 GYT

* IMF warns Greece needs debt extension

* June U.S. nonfarm payrolls increase less than expected

* Average hourly earnings unchanged

* Seven of the 10 S&P sectors down

* Indexes down: Dow 0.16 pct, S&P 0.03 pct, Nasdaq 0.08 pct (Updates with market close, commentary)

By Sinead Carew

July 2 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks closed down slightly on Thursday after the International Monetary Fund warned Greece ahead of its Sunday referendum that it faces a huge financial hole, and mixed jobs data dampened the U.S. economic outlook.

While the IMF was warning that Greece needed an extra 50 billion euros over the next three years to stay afloat, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was urging voters to reject a bailout offer from lenders and saying he hoped to sign a new deal on Monday.

"Given the referendum on Sunday in Greece and the holiday weekend, at least for today the action was somewhat muted compared to the rest of the week." Michael Arone, chief investment strategist for State Street Global Advisors' U.S. Intermediary Business.   Continuación...