NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stock index futures were little changed on Thursday as investors awaited a batch of data for a better assessment of the economy while keeping an eye on the financial health of Cyprus.
* The European Central Bank gave Cyprus until Monday to raise billions of euros to clinch an international bailout or face losing emergency funds for its banks.
* Cyprus's leaders were locked in talks on a "Plan B" to try to raise 5.8 billion euros demanded by the EU under a 10 billion euro ($13 billion) rescue, after angry lawmakers threw out a tax on deposits.
* On the macro front, investors awaited U.S. weekly jobless claims, due at 8:30 a.m. ET. Monthly data on sales of existing homes and the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank's business activity index are due at 10:00 a.m. ET.
* Analysts in a Reuters survey expect initial jobless claims of 342,000, up from 332,000 in the previous week.
* Shares in J.C. Penney Co Inc
* S&P 500 futures were flat and slightly 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 were flat while Nasdaq 100 futures fell 2.5 points.
* On Wednesday, Wall Street ended higher with the S&P 500 snapping a three-day losing streak, as the Federal Reserve reassured investors that it would keep supporting the economy.
* Apparel retailers Guess Inc
* Blackstone Group LP
* Raymond James Financial
* Visa Inc
* Boeing Co
(Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
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