US STOCKS-Wall St set for flat open as investors remain cautious

viernes 17 de junio de 2016 08:52 GYT

* Britain suspends referendum campaigning

* May housing starts slip to 1.16 mln vs est 1.15 mln

* Futures down: Dow 9 pts, S&P 2.5 pts, Nasdaq 2.5 pts (Adds details, comments, updates prices)

By Yashaswini Swamynathan

June 17 (Reuters) - Wall Street was set to open flat on Friday as investors tread cautiously amid global economic growth worries and an impending referendum on Britain's European Union membership.

Britain will vote on June 23, an event that has weaved in uncertainty across the globe, battering stocks and bond yields for the past week and spiking demand for safe-haven assets such as gold and the yen.

However, the murder of a pro-"Remain" British politician on Thursday led to the suspension of campaigning for the referendum.

Analysts said the incident could rally a sentiment supporting Britain to remain in the EU, at a time when the "Leave" campaign was gathering momentum.

Wall Street broke its five-day losing streak on Thursday.   Continuación...