US STOCKS-Wall St set for flat open as choppy quarter ends
* Jobless claims rose unexpectedly last week
* S&P 500 up 1 pct for year
* Futures up: Dow 8 pts, S&P 0.5 pts, Nasdaq flat (Adds details, comments, updates prices)
By Abhiram Nandakumar
March 31 (Reuters) - Wall Street was set to open little changed on Thursday, the last day of a turbulent quarter for financial markets as investors fled from risk amid concerns about the global economy and a slide in oil prices.
Global stocks fell as investors closed off positions for the quarter. Crude oil rose slightly, hovering near $40 a barrel.
Data on Thursday showed U.S. jobless claims rose unexpectedly to 276,000 last week, falling short of the 265,000 estimated. Claims still remain well below the 300,000 mark denoting a healthy labor market.
The data comes a day ahead of the critical non-farm payrolls report on Friday that will give investors a clearer reading on the state of the economy.
"Today, we're just in a do-nothing mode and we will wait and see what happens Friday," said Matthew Tuttle, chief executive, Tuttle Tactical Management in Greenwich, Connecticut. Continuación...