US STOCKS-Wall St set to open flat as Fed divided on rates

jueves 18 de agosto de 2016 09:00 GYT

* Weekly jobless claims fall more-than-expected

* Wal-Mart looks set to open at 15-month high

* Twitter falls after brokerage downgrades stock to "sell"

* Futures down: Dow 10 pts, S&P 2.25 pts, Nasdaq 6 pts (Adds details, comments updates prices)

By Tanya Agrawal

Aug 18 (Reuters) - Wall Street looked set to open little changed on Thursday, a day after 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.

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.

"The market has reached a comfortable level and needs a fresh catalyst to send stocks higher," said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at Wunderlich Securities in New York.   Continuación...