US STOCKS-Wall St set to open lower as weekly jobless claims rise

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By Tanya Agrawal

May 21 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were set to open slightly lower on Thursday after weekly U.S. jobless claims rose more than expected, and a day after minutes from the Federal Reserve meeting bolstered the view that rates would stay near zero until later this year.

While the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose slightly more than expected last week, the four-week moving average was the lowest since April 2000, continuing to suggest the labor market was tightening.

That gives weight to the opinion of most central bank officials who agreed that economic growth would climb to a healthier pace and the labor market would strengthen, according to minutes from the Fed's April 28-29 meeting.   Continuación...