US STOCKS-Futures lower as Dec rate hike back on the table

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By Abhiram Nandakumar

Oct 29 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were lower on Thursday, a day after the Federal Reserve revived expectations of an increase in interest rates in December.

The Fed, which kept rates unchanged at its policy meeting, downplayed concerns about the global economy and indicated confidence in the U.S. job market's recovery and the economy's capacity to absorb a rate hike.

Data on Thursday was not as positive. U.S. gross domestic product slowed to an annual rate of 1.5 percent, below the estimated 1.6 percent. Jobless claims rose 1,000 to 260,000 last week, less than the 263,000 estimated.

Jeffrey Saut, chief investment strategist at Raymond James Financial in Florida, said the biggest surprise in the Fed's statement was the disappearance of the reference to a slowdown in the global economy.   Continuación...