US STOCKS-Wall St set to open higher on strong economic data

jueves 26 de mayo de 2016 09:01 GYT

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By Ankur Banerjee

May 26 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were set to open higher on Thursday, after the S&P 500 posted its strongest two-day run since early March, as a set of economic data pointed to a strengthening economy.

Orders for U.S. durable goods, which include items ranging from toasters to aircraft, surged in April on strong demand for transportation equipment and a range of other products.

Another piece of data showed the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week as the economy regains momentum after stumbling in the first quarter.

Comments from policymakers in recent days and upbeat U.S. economic data have raised expectations that the Federal Reserve could pull the trigger on a rate increase much sooner than previously thought.   Continuación...