US STOCKS-Wall St to open higher; futures trim gains on economic data
* August retail sales drop more-than-expected
* Weekly jobless claims rise to 260,000 vs est. 265,000
* Apple rises on strong iPhone 7 Plus sales
* Futures up: Dow 36 pts, S&P 3.5 pts, Nasdaq 14.25 pts (Adds details, comments, updates prices)
By Yashaswini Swamynathan
Sept 15 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures trimmed gains, but kept Wall Street on track to open higher on Thursday, as investors assessed a mixed bag of economic data.
Data showed that retail sales fell more than expected in August amid weak purchases of automobiles and a range of other goods, pointing to cooling domestic demand.
A separate report showed the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose less than expected last week, pointing to a further tightening in labor market conditions.
"We're right now in a Goldilocks economy. It's not too hot, it's not too cold. It's just right to keep the Fed on the sidelines and keep interest rates right where they are," said Paul Nolte, portfolio manager at Kingsview Asset Management in Chicago. Continuación...