12 de noviembre de 2015 / 12:36 / hace 2 años

US STOCKS-Futures little changed as Yellen comments awaited

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* Futures: Dow down 18 pts, S&P flat, Nasdaq down 1 pt

By Abhiram Nandakumar

Nov 12 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Thursday ahead of scheduled speeches by several Federal Reserve policymakers, including Chair Janet Yellen, and weekly jobless claims data.

* Investors will parse the data and policymakers' remarks for clues on if the central bank will raise interest rates next month, as is widely expected.

* Yellen is scheduled speak at 9:30 a.m. ET (1330 GMT). Chicago Fed President Charles Evans, New York Fed President William Dudley and Fed Vice Chair Stanley Fischer are also scheduled to speak during the day.

* The Fed has maintained that it is likely to pull the trigger next month if data supports its view that the economy was strong enough to withstand higher rates.

* In contrast, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi hinted on Thursday that the bank could extend stimulus programs at its policy meeting next month as inflation dynamics had somewhat weakened.

* U.S. data due on Thursday is expected to show jobless claims benefits fell 6,000 to 270,000 last week, indicating continued improvement in the labor market. The data is due at 8:30 a.m.

* U.S. stocks closed lower on Wednesday, weighed down by a slide in energy stocks and brick-and-mortar retailers after Macy's weak results and forecast.

* Department store operator Kohl's reported better-than-expected quarterly net sales on Thursday, sending its shares up 9.13 percent to $47.10 premarket.

* Advanced Auto Parts dropped 6.5 percent to $182 after it reported quarterly profit below estimates.

* PayPal's shares were down 1.2 percent at $35.90 after the Wall Street Journal reported Apple was in talks with U.S. banks to develop a rival payment service.

* Nordstrom and Cisco are slated to report results after the close.

Futures snapshot at 7:28 a.m. ET:

* S&P 500 e-minis were unchanged, with 116,890 contracts traded.

* Nasdaq 100 e-minis were down 1 points, or 0.02 percent, on volume of 20,292 contracts.

* Dow e-minis were down 18 points, or 0.1 percent, with 18,644 contracts changing hands. (Reporting by Abhiram Nandakumar in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio D'Souza)

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