US STOCKS-Futures fall as investors weigh rate-hike chances

jueves 6 de octubre de 2016 07:28 GYT

* Futures down: Dow 28 pts, S&P 4 pts, Nasdaq 7.75 pts

By Yashaswini Swamynathan

Oct 6 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were lower on Thursday as improving economic data and comments from Federal Reserve officials suggested monetary policy could be tightened by the end of the year.

* The dollar index rose 0.2 percent as investors await the September jobs report on Friday that will help determine the future path of interest rates.

* A growing number of Fed officials have expressed the need for higher rates as the labor market remains robust and inflation inches towards the central bank's 2 percent target.

* Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker on Wednesday said a strong employment report would bolster the case of a hike sooner than later.

* Wall Street rose on Wednesday, driven by financial and energy stocks.

* A report on weekly jobless claims is due at 8:30 a.m. ET (1230 GMT).

* The Fed is most likely to pull the trigger on rates in December as its November meeting falls days ahead of the U.S. presidential election.   Continuación...