US STOCKS-Wall Street to open slightly higher after claims data
* Initial jobless claims fall in latest week
* Philly Fed manufacturing data on tap
* BlackBerry jumps in premarket after earnings
* Futures up: Dow 8 pts, S&P 1.5 pts, Nasdaq up 3.5 pts (Adds data, updates prices)
By Chuck Mikolajczak
NEW YORK, June 19 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were set for a slightly higher open on Thursday, after four straight days of gains sent the S&P 500 to a fresh record high, as initial jobless claims data indicated strengthening of the labor market.
* Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 312,000, slightly below the 314,000 forecast.
* The benchmark S&P index is up 1.4 percent over the past four days and notched its biggest advance in nearly a month on Wednesday, after the Federal Reserve hinted at a slightly faster pace of interest-rate increases starting next year but suggested rates in the long run would be lower than it had indicated previously.
* The gains pushed the S&P above its prior record high of 1,951.27 set on June 9. Continuación...