By Rodrigo Campos NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were set to open lower on Friday, setting up Wall Street for its first weekly decline since mid April, amid concern the U.S. central bank may scale back its support to the economy. Futures briefly paired losses after data showed orders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods rose more than expected in April. Trading has been choppy in the second half of the week as market participants assess the Federal Reserve's evolving stance towards markets. Fed support has been instrumental in a rally that has boosted U.S. ...
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