US STOCKS-Wall St set to open higher; data awaited
* Weekly jobless claims rise
* Sept China factory activity falls
* Apple down 1.3 pct
* Futures up: Dow 52 pts, S&P 5 pts, Nasdaq 16 pts (Adds details, comment, updates prices)
By Abhiram Nandakumar
Oct 1 (Reuters) - Wall Street looked set to start the last quarter of the year on a positive note on Thursday as weak data from China raised hopes of more stimulus measures from Beijing and investors awaited a barrage of U.S. data.
Factory activity in China shrank again in September, leading some investors to believe that the government will be more aggressive in its measures to boost the health of the world's second-largest economy.
Global investors will be looking to put a bruising quarter behind them - U.S. stocks posted their worst quarter in four years, while the Shanghai stock market plunged about 25 percent.
"Historically, the third quarter tends to be a difficult quarter and the fourth quarter tends to be the best quarter of the year," said Randy Frederick, managing director of trading and derivatives for Charles Schwab in Austin, Texas. Continuación...