* Non-farm payrolls, weekly jobless claims, international
trade data due
* Futures up: Dow 15 pts, S&P 2 pts, Nasdaq 5 pts
NEW YORK, July 3 U.S. stock index futures ticked
up in light volume on Thursday after the S&P 500 and the Dow
industrials closed at a record, ahead of a short session on Wall
Street that is packed with economic data.
* The key government non-farm payrolls numbers are due at
8:30 a.m. EDT (1230 GMT) and are expected to show the economy
created 212,000 jobs last month according to a Reuters survey of
economists. The unemployment rate is expected to remain at 6.3
* Data on international trade, claims for unemployment
insurance as well as two sets of numbers on the U.S. services
sector are also due later on Thursday.
* The closing bell will ring at 1 p.m. (1700 GMT) and equity
markets will be closed Friday for the Independence Day holiday.
* S&P 500 e-mini futures were up 2 points and fair
value - a formula that evaluates pricing by taking into account
interest rates, dividends and time to expiration on the contract
- indicated a slightly higher open. Dow Jones industrial average
e-mini futures rose 15 points and Nasdaq 100 e-mini
futures added 5 points.
* Volkswagen denied planning a bid for U.S.
truck maker Paccar after analysts published comments in
a research note from a senior executive of German rival Daimler
saying he had heard of such a plan. Paccar shares
were inactive in early trading.
* Lululemon shares rose 4.5 percent in light
premarket trading as founder Dennis Wilson's advisers have been
talking to private equity firms about a possible buyout, the
Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the
* Regado Biosciences shares fell 38.6 percent after
the Data Safety Monitoring Board started an unplanned review of
data from a trial and the company said patient enrollment has
been paused until the DSMB returns with recommendations.
(Reporting by Rodrigo Campos; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)