US STOCKS-Futures point to modestly lower open after data

jueves 2 de abril de 2015 08:52 GYT

* Investors look to payrolls data due on Good Friday

* Crude oil dips, could pressure energy stocks

* Micron up in premarket after revenue outlook

* Futures down: Dow 30 pts, S&P 5 pts, Nasdaq 10.75 pts (Updates with jobless claims data)

By Ryan Vlastelica

NEW YORK, April 2 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly lower open on Thursday, with indexes off their lows of the premarket session, as a read on the labor market came in better than expected, a positive sign for the upcoming payrolls report.

Jobless claims unexpectedly fell in the latest week, suggesting the labor market continues to expand at a solid clip even as economic growth has stalled.

The report comes after a pair of weak data points on Wednesday, when reads on both private sector employment and manufacturing came in below expectations.

Investors are already looking ahead to the key March payroll report, which will be released Friday. Trading could be volatile ahead of that as market participants position themselves for the data, which will be released during the Good Friday holiday when the stock market will be closed, meaning no one can trade off it until Monday.   Continuación...