US STOCKS-Futures point to slight losses after data

jueves 12 de junio de 2014 09:00 GYT

* Retail sales rise less than expected in May

* Weak data not seen as derailing recent rally

* Lululemon falls on results, Restoration Hardware up

* Indexes up: Dow 7 pts, S&P 0.9 pt, Nasdaq 2.25 pts (Adds economic data, updates prices)

By Ryan Vlastelica

NEW YORK, June 12 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat open on Thursday as a round of disappointing data gave investors few reasons to buy, even after the S&P 500's biggest one-day drop in three weeks.

* Data on both retail sales and jobless claims were below expectations, though neither read was seen as so weak as to derail the thesis that economic conditions are improving.

* Retail sales rose 0.3 percent in May, half of the growth rate that had been expected, while the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week.

* Futures had been slightly higher prior to the data, but turned slightly lower after. Still, the market's recent uptrend is still viewed as intact. Despite a two-day drop in the S&P 500, the benchmark index is less than 0.4 percent below its record close.   Continuación...