US STOCKS-Futures tick up ahead of jobless claims data

jueves 14 de agosto de 2014 07:31 GYT

* Cisco shares down in premarket after results, outlook

* Weak European economic data viewed as cautious sign

* Jobless claims expected to rise in latest week

* Futures up: Dow 24 pts, S&P 3 pts, Nasdaq 5.75 pts

By Ryan Vlastelica

NEW YORK, Aug 14 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Thursday, with investors reluctant to make big bets following a sharp rally in the previous session and amid signs of weak conditions in Europe.

* Trading is likely to continue being driven by overseas issues, with the latest data out of Europe showing the euro zone's economy ground to a halt in the second quarter. Investors are also monitoring ongoing violence in Iraq, and the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

* Wal-Mart Stores Inc reported flat same-store sales for the second-quarter and cut its full-year profit outlook. After falling more than 1 percent in premarket trading, shares of the Dow component rose slightly.

* Cisco Systems Inc fell 1.3 percent to $24.87 in premarket trading. The company gave a tepid outlook a day earlier for its current quarter and announced massive job cuts even as the Dow component's revenue beat expectations.   Continuación...