US STOCKS-Futures mixed as investors await data
* Futures: Dow up 4 pts, S&P down 1 pt, Nasdaq up 1.25 pts
By Tanya Agrawal
June 11 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were mixed on Thursday as investors awaited retail sales and weekly jobless claims data, a day after the Dow moved back into positive territory for the year.
* U.S. shares jumped on Wednesday, helped by gains in technology and financial stocks and optimism that Greece may be closer to reaching a deal with creditors.
* The World Bank joined the International Monetary Fund in urging the U.S. Federal Reserve to hold off on a rate hike until next year to avoid worsening exchange rate volatility and crimping global growth.
* Investors to keep a close eye on Thursday's data for signs of a recovery in the U.S. economy after growth came to a standstill in the first quarter.
* U.S. retail sales are likely to have rebounded in May as consumers stepped up purchases of automobiles. The data is expected at 8:30 a.m. ET (1230 GMT). Other data expected to be released on Thursday includes import and export prices and weekly jobless claims numbers.
* European shares saw fresh gains after their best day in over a month and as bets that the United States could be edging towards its first interest rate rise kept upward pressure on global bond yields and the dollar.
* Economists and top Wall Street banks expect the Fed to raise rates in September, which would be the central bank's first hike in almost a decade and would finally mark a turn in the direction of the flow of easy money that has repeatedly driven world stocks and bond prices to record highs in recent years. Continuación...