US STOCKS-Nasdaq eyes record high after Fed stands pat on rates
* Nasdaq marks new closing high on Wednesday
* Weekly jobless claims fall to 252,000 vs est. 262,000
* Futures up: Dow 73 pts, S&P 8.75 pts, Nasdaq 21.75 pts (Adds details, comments, updates prices)
By Yashaswini Swamynathan
Sept 22 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks looked set to rise at the open on Thursday, with the Nasdaq aiming at a record intraday high, a day after the Federal Reserve stood pat on interest rates.
While the risks to economic outlook were roughly "balanced", the Fed maintained rates as inflation continued to run below its 2 percent target and members saw room for improvement in the labor market.
The central bank slowed the pace of future hikes and cut its longer run interest rate forecast to 2.9 percent from 3 percent, but sent a strong signal for a move by the end of this year.
The dollar index declined 0.4 percent on Thursday, and was on track to mark the second straight day of losses after the central bank's decision.
"The Fed probably appeared less hawkish than what the markets had expected," said Ryan Larson, head of equity trading at RBC Global Asset Management in Chicago. "I think the market continues to be focused on the Fed pushing a hike for later as a good thing rather than bad." Continuación...