US STOCKS-Wall St set to open modestly lower as rate hike timing weighs

lunes 8 de junio de 2015 09:09 GYT

* Wall St banks expect Fed rate hike in September

* McDonald's up on smaller-than-expected sales decline

* Sears rises after posting smaller-than-expected loss

* Futures down: Dow 14 pts, S&P 3.25 pts, Nasdaq 7 pts (Adds details, comment, updates prices)

By Tanya Agrawal

June 8 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were set to open modestly lower on Monday as investors digested Friday's strong jobs data, which increased expectations that the Federal Reserve could raise interest rates as soon as September.

Stronger-than-expected jobs data for May and a pickup in wages were the latest signs of improved momentum in the economy, prompting expectations of a rate hike sooner rather than later.

While the Fed is broadly expected to raise interest rates this year, the timing of the move has kept the market on tenterhooks.

Wall Street's top banks said they expect the Fed to begin raising rates in September, followed by another increase before the end of the year, according to a Reuters poll.   Continuación...