US STOCKS-Futures flat as minutes show Fed divided over rate

jueves 18 de agosto de 2016 07:28 GYT

* Futures: Dow up 4 pts, S&P down 05 pts, Nasdaq down 3.75 pts

By Yashaswini Swamynathan

Aug 18 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Thursday, a day after the minutes of the Federal Reserve's July meeting showed policymakers were divided over whether to raise interest rates in the near-term.

* Fed officials were generally upbeat about the U.S. economy but some expressed the need to keep their options open in the need of more data pointing to strength, the minutes showed.

* The dollar index, which got some respite before the release of the data on Wednesday, fell 0.27 percent as traders saw fewer chances of a hike.

* While traders have almost completely ruled out a hike in September, they have priced in a 41.7 percent chance for a move in December - down from 45.1 percent on Wednesday, according to CME Group's FedWatch tool.

* Dow component Wal-Mart rose 3.3 percent to $75.34 premarket after the retailer posted better-than-expected quarterly profit.

* New York Fed President William Dudley, who on Tuesday unnerved the markets by saying a rate hike was possible in September, is scheduled to give a press briefing at 10:00 a.m. ET (1400 GMT).

* San Francisco Fed President John Williams speaks on economic outlook in Anchorage, Alaska at 4:00 p.m. ET.   Continuación...