US STOCKS-Wall St falls as investors wary ahead of Fed meet

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US STOCKS-Wall St falls as investors wary ahead of Fed meet
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* Oil prices fall after Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS ) cuts forecast

* S&P poised for biggest weekly gain since July

* Zumiez falls after cutting third-qtr forecast

* Indexes down: Dow 0.19 pct, S&P 0.42 pct, Nasdaq 0.53 pct (Adds details, changes comment, updates prices)

By Tanya Agrawal

Sept 11 (Reuters) - Wall Street was lower on Friday as jittery investors took to the sidelines ahead of a crucial U.S. Federal Reserve meeting next week, when the central bank decides on an interest rate hike.

However, the S&P 500 was poised for its biggest weekly gain in six weeks despite the recent volatility that has rocked the global financial market.

Stocks have been volatile for the past few weeks since China devalued its currency in August and the impact of a slowdown in the region on global growth rattled investors. The S&P 500 has had moves of at least 1 percent in 11 sessions since Aug. 20.

Investors pulled another $15.9 billion from U.S. equities over the past week as they sought safety in government bond funds, Bank of America (NYSE: BAC ) Merrill Lynch said. ID:nL5N11H0T8

The Fed has said it will raise rates for the first time since 2006 when it sees a sustained economic recovery with special emphasis on the job market and inflation.

Data released in the past two days has painted a mixed picture, further clouding the outlook for what the Fed will decide to do at its Sept. 16-17 policy meeting.

While weekly unemployment claims fell, producer prices for August were unchanged pointing to benign inflation pressures. Another survey showed that U.S. consumer sentiment dropped to its lowest level since September last year. ID:nL1N11H0LY

"There is a lot of uncertainty going into the weekend before the Fed meeting," said Randy Frederick, managing director of trading and derivatives for Charles Schwab (NYSE: SCHW ) in Austin, Texas.

"The volatility will remain till the Fed meeting and if it decides not to raise interest rates next week, the volatility will continue and maybe get worse for a lot longer."

Considering volatile global equities, increasing uncertainty over China and emerging markets as well as an easing of policy by other major central banks, it could be a high bar for the Fed to raise rates next week.

"Given that markets have done much of the Fed's 'dirty work', we expect Fed officials to be on hold at least until December," Goldman Sachs U.S. economists wrote in a note to clients.

At 11:08 a.m. ET (1508 GMT) the Dow Jones industrial average .DJI was down 31.77 points, or 0.19 percent, at 16,298.63, the S&P 500 .SPX was down 8.21 points, or 0.42 percent, at 1,944.08 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC was down 25.35 points, or 0.53 percent, at 4,770.90.

All the 10 major S&P sectors were lower with the energy index's .SPNY 1.76 percent fall leading the decliners.

Oil prices fell about 3.5 percent after Goldman Sachs slashed its crude oil forecasts, citing oversupply and concerns over China's economy. Goldman said crude oil could fall as low as $20 a barrel. Schlumberger SLB.N and ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP ) COP.N were down more than 2 percent. O/R

Zumiez ZUMZ.O fell 26.7 percent to $15.87 after the sports apparel and accessories maker forecast third-quarter sales and profit below analysts' estimates.

Marvell Technology MRVL.O fell 16.5 percent to $8.81 and was set for its sharpest one-day drop in more than nine years after the company said it is investigating its accounting related to the recognition of certain revenues in the second quarter.

Kroger (NYSE: KR ) KR.N was up 4.8 percent at $37.08 after the biggest U.S. supermarket operator's quarterly profit beat expectations. ID:nL4N11H4BJ

Declining issues outnumbered advancing ones on the NYSE by 2,007 to 890. On the Nasdaq, 1,765 issues fell and 807 advanced.

The S&P 500 index showed no new 52-week highs and nine new lows, while the Nasdaq recorded 16 new highs and 61 new lows.

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