* Weekly jobless claims fall to near 43-yr low of 234,000
* Twitter tanks after posting slowest revenue growth since
* Viacom rises 4 pct as quarterly profit beats estimates
* Futures up: Dow 29 pts, S&P 2.5 pts, Nasdaq 4 pts
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By Yashaswini Swamynathan
Feb 9 Wall Street looked set to open slightly
higher on Thursday as investors looked for catalysts in
quarterly earnings and economic data.
The fourth-quarter earnings season has been largely upbeat,
with combined earnings of S&P 500 companies estimated to have
risen 8.3 percent, the highest in nine quarters.
However, Wall Street's reaction to corporate earnings has
been muted as investors remain cautious given the recent run-up
in the market and policy uncertainty under newly elected
President Donald Trump.
"The inability for the market to rally or sell off in a
meaningful fashion tells you that investors are in a
wait-and-see mode," said Adam Sarhan, chief executive officer at
50 Parks Investment in Florida.
The S&P 500 has not moved more than 1 percent in either
direction since Dec. 7.
"Investors are cautiously optimistic about the current
environment. It's almost like a Goldilocks situation where it's
neither too hot nor too cold," Sarhan said.
A report from the Labor Department showed the number of
Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell to a near
43-year low of 234,000 last week, pointing to tighter labor
The dollar index was little changed for the second
day, while gold was lower after hitting its highest level in
nearly three months on Wednesday.
Oil prices were up about 0.8 percent, rising for the second
straight day, supported by an unexpected draw in U.S. gasoline
Dow e-minis were up 29 points, or 0.14 percent at
8:31 a.m. ET (1331 GMT), with 17,256 contracts changing hands.
S&P 500 e-minis were up 2.5 points, or 0.11 percent,
with 116,108 contracts traded.
Nasdaq 100 e-minis were up 4 points, or 0.08 percent,
on volume of 18,134 contracts.
Dow component Coca-Cola fell 2.1 percent in premarket
trading after the beverage maker reported its seventh straight
quarter of revenue decline.
Twitter sank 10.6 percent after the microblogging
website reported its slowest revenue growth since going public
Viacom rose 4 percent following a quarterly profit
that beat analysts' expectations.
Regeneron slipped 1.2 percent to $349 after the
drugmaker forecast slower-than-expected U.S. sales growth for
its flagship eye drug in 2017.
CVS rose 2.2 percent after the pharmacy store chain
reported a jump in quarterly revenue.
Activision Blizzard, News Corp and Nvidia
are scheduled to report after markets close.
(Reporting by Yashaswini Swamynathan in Bengaluru; Editing by