US STOCKS-Wall St to open flat after ECB rate decision, jobs data

jueves 8 de septiembre de 2016 09:03 GYT

* Weekly jobless claims fell by 4,000 to 259,000 last week

* ECB leaves monetary policy unchanged

* Oil prices up 1.5 pct

* Futures: Dow down 1 pt, S&P up 0.25 pts, Nasdaq down 2 pts (Adds details, comments, updates prices)

By Tanya Agrawal

Sept 8 (Reuters) - Wall Street looked set to open little changed after the European Central Bank left rates unchanged and data pointed to a healthy U.S. labor market.

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell to 259,000 last week, the lowest level since mid-July, the Labor Department said.

The ECB kept its already loose policy stance unchanged to revive growth and said it may extend quantitative easing beyond the March deadline if inflation does not improve.

U.S. stocks have been trading in a tight range in recent months amid growing uncertainty over interest rates. The benchmark S&P 500 has not moved more than 1 percent in either direction on a daily basis since July 8.   Continuación...