US STOCKS-Futures flat ahead of May jobs data

viernes 3 de junio de 2016 07:25 GYT

* Futures: Dow up 12 pts, S&P up 0.5 pts, Nasdaq down 1.75 pts

By Yashaswini Swamynathan

June 3 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were flat on Friday as investors stayed on the sidelines ahead of the closely watched nonfarm payrolls data for May that could show a tightening in labor market.

* The data, due at 8:30 a.m. ET (1230 GMT), is expected to show nonfarm payrolls increased by 164,000 jobs in May after rising by 160,000 in April, but may have been restrained by a strike at Verizon.

* But, employment growth should still be strong enough to push the Federal Reserve closer to raising interest rates soon. The Fed's recent stance has pointed to a recovery in the economy and optimism on growing inflation.

* Traders are pricing in a 20 percent chance of a rate hike in June and a 49 percent chance of an increase in July, according to CME Group's FedWatch program.

* In recent weeks global markets have been puzzling over what the Fed will do in the near term as relatively upbeat U.S. data have been eclipsed by a still-sluggish global economy and worries over the risk of Britain exiting the European Union.

* The S&P 500 ended at its highest closing level in seven months on Thursday, helped by a rise in healthcare stocks and a recovery in oil prices.

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