US STOCKS-Wall St flat as investors look to jobs data

jueves 4 de agosto de 2016 16:18 GYT

* Bank of England cuts lending rate to record low

* Monthly U.S. jobs data due on Friday

* MetLife drops on profit miss

* Indexes: Dow off 0.02 pct, S&P up 0.02 pct, Nasdaq up 0.13 pct (Updates to market close)

By Chuck Mikolajczak

NEW YORK, Aug 4 (Reuters) - Wall Street stocks ended little changed on Thursday as investors kept to the sidelines ahead of Friday's U.S. payrolls report for July.

The monthly hiring data will help investors gauge the health of the economy and possibly offer insight as to when the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates again.

"Folks would probably prefer to wait on those numbers before they make a commitment in front of them," said Gary Bradshaw, portfolio manager at Hodges Capital Management in Dallas.

"It's probably dampening the market enthusiasm today."   Continuación...