US STOCKS-Wall St set for lower open as Wal-Mart weighs

Thu May 15, 2014 9:10am EDT

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* Wal-Mart profit falls as severe winter deters shoppers

* U.S. jobless claims fall to seven-year low

* U.S. consumer prices post biggest gain in 10 months

* Futures: Dow off 13 pts, S&P off 3 pts, Nasdaq up 1 pts

NEW YORK, May 15 (Reuters) - Wall Street was set for a lower open on Thursday as weaker-than-expected earnings from Wal-Mart Stores Inc overshadowed a number of better-than-expected economic reports.

* Wal-Mart Stores Inc reported a 5 percent fall in quarterly profit as severe winter weather hurt comparable sales in the United States. The stock was down 3 percent in premarket trade.

* Kohl's Corp shares also fell 3 percent in premarket trade after the specialty department retailer reported weaker-than-expected first-quarter results.

* The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week to its lowest level in seven years, fresh evidence that the labor market was strengthening.

* U.S. consumer prices recorded their largest increase in 10 months in April, pointing to some inflation in the economy.

* Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is due to deliver a speech on Thursday evening at a Small Business Administration event in Washington.

* S&P 500 e-mini futures fell 3 points and were below fair value, a formula that evaluates pricing by taking into account interest rates, dividends and time to expiration on the contract. Dow Jones industrial average e-mini futures lost 13 points while Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures added 1 points.

* The Dow and S&P 500 retreated from recent record highs on Wednesday as small caps resumed their selloff and consumer discretionary shares lagged.

* Shares of Cisco Systems Inc were up 6.5 percent in premarket trade. The network equipment maker posted a shallower-than-expected 5.5 percent drop in quarterly revenue.

* General Motors shares fell 1.3 percent after the company announced five recalls related to safety. (Reporting by Angela Moon; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Nick Zieminski)

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