US STOCKS-Wall St set to open lower as weak China data weighs

jueves 13 de octubre de 2016 09:00 GYT

* Chinese exports drop 10 pct in September - report

* Gold ticks up, dollar near session low

* Weekly jobless claims unchanged at 246,000

* Futures down: Dow 111 pts, S&P 13.75 pts, Nasdaq 32.5 pts (Adds details, comments, updates prices)

By Yashaswini Swamynathan

Oct 13 (Reuters) - Wall Street was set to open lower on Thursday as investors fretted about China's weak economic data and the prospects of an interest rate hike by the end of the year.

Data showed China's exports fell 10 percent in September, far worse than the markets had expected, while imports unexpectedly shrank, reviving concerns about the health of the world's second-largest economy.

The Fed on Wednesday released the minutes of its last rate-setting meeting, which showed that several policymakers felt a rate hike was warranted "relatively soon" if the U.S. economy continued to strengthen.

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits held at a 43-year low last week, pointing to sustained labor market strength, a report showed on Thursday.   Continuación...