US STOCKS-Futures edge lower ahead of housing data
* Futures down: Dow 7 pts, S&P 2.5 pts, Nasdaq 8.5 pts
By Sweta Singh
May 18 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were lower on Monday, after the S&P 500 closed at a record high on Friday, as investors awaited U.S. housing data.
* The National Association of Homebuilders is likely to report that its homebuilders confidence index ticked up to 57 in May from 56 in April. The data is expected at 10 a.m ET (1400 GMT).
* The S&P gained 0.08 percent to close at a record high of 2,122.73 on Friday, modestly exceeding its previous peak on April 24.
* Data released on Friday showed that industrial output slipped and consumer sentiment fell, suggesting that the U.S. economy continues to struggle with slow growth.
* The Federal Reserve could look at a rate hike in June if the economy is strong enough, Chicago Fed President Charles Evans said, although he argued for rates to start rising in early 2016.
* European shares rose on Monday, with energy stocks in focus after a rise in oil prices, while the dollar lifted off four-month lows it had touched on concerns over the U.S. economy.
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