US STOCKS-Wall St to open lower after Draghi remarks
* ECB holds rates steady, Draghi comments disappoint
* Knight Capital needs capital raise; shares plunge
* Retailers posting monthly sales
* Futures down: Dow 112 pts, S&P 13.3 pts, Nasdaq 21 pts (Adds ECB rate announcement, updates prices)
By Chuck Mikolajczak
NEW YORK, Aug 2 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were set for a lower open on Thursday following a volatile premarket session which saw futures swing between gains and losses after comments from ECB President Mario Draghi disappointed investors.
After the ECB kept the main interest rate at 0.75 percent, Draghi said a mechanism will be drawn up the coming weeks to make outright purchases to stabilize stressed euro zone borrowing costs, within the mandate of the governing council.
After last week's pledge by Draghi to "do whatever it takes" to save the euro, expectations for strong action had been raised considerably, putting intense pressure on the ECB president.
"Draghi didn't say anything that excited us, and he set us up like a poker room full of suckers. Investors are angry, traders are angry," said Todd Schoenberger, managing principal at the BlackBay Group in New York.
"Draghi said he would do whatever it takes, and that may be the case, but we were all expecting a shock and awe moment."
European stocks reversed course and turned negative after the statement, with the FTSEurofirst 300 index down 0.9 percent.
Knight Capital Group Inc shares plunged 56.8 percent to $3 in premarket trade, a day after a computer glitch at the market maker triggered a spike in volatility shortly after the open. The company said on Thursday an erroneous trading position wiped out $440 million of its capital and will force the firm to raise money.
S&P 500 futures fell 13.3 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 futures lost 112 points, and Nasdaq 100 futures dropped 21 points.
Economic data showed the number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits rose less than expected last week, but the data continues to be influenced by distortions from seasonal auto shutdowns.
The data comes on the heels of a stronger-than-expected ADP National Employment Report and before Friday's non-farm payrolls report for July.
At 10 a.m. (1400 GMT), a report on factory orders and revised durable goods orders for June is due.
General Motors Co posted a smaller-than-expected loss in Europe that helped the No. 1 U.S. automaker post a better-than-expected second-quarter profit. Shares slipped 0.7 percent to $19.52 in premarket trade.
According to Thomson Reuters data, of the 352 companies in the S&P 500 that have reported earnings through Wednesday morning, 66.2 percent have beaten analysts' expectations. Over the past four quarters, 68 percent of companies beat estimates.
Retailers will also be in focus as companies report their monthly same-store sales results. Early results showed discounts and warm weather drew U.S. shoppers to malls in July, helping many retailers report healthy sales gains in what is typically a clearance month ahead of the back-to-school season.
Gap Inc jumped 7.4 percent to $31.60 after the clothing retailer posted its July and second-quarter sales, but rival Aeropostale plummeted 28.5 percent to $13.90 after cutting its second-quarter forecast. (Reporting by Chuck Mikolajczak, Additional reporting by Ryan Vlastelica; Editing by Dave Zimmerman)
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