US STOCKS-Wall Street to open up, lifted by earnings, data

jueves 24 de julio de 2014 09:13 GYT

* U.S. weekly jobless claims lowest since 2006

* Facebook rallies on results; market value near IBM's

* U.S. manufacturing data due; Europe, China upbeat

* Ford beats expectations; recalls hurt GM

* Futures up: Dow 23 pts, S&P 3 pts, Nasdaq 10 pts (Updates prices, adds data)

By Rodrigo Campos

NEW YORK, July 24 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures rose on Thursday, following a record close on the S&P 500 index, lifted by strong job market data in the United States and overseas factory readings, while better than forecast results sent Facebook shares rallying.

* Weekly applications for unemployment insurance fell to 284,000 in the latest week, the lowest reading since mid-February 2006, pointing to continued strength in the labor market.

* China's factory activity expanded at its fastest in 18 months in July and the euro zone's private sector also perked up, suggesting the global economy began the second half of 2014 on a solid footing.   Continuación...