US STOCKS-Futures edge up with eyes on Washington
* Jobless claims, home sales data due
* J.C.Penney slides on possible equity raise
* Nike to report for first time as a Dow component
* Futures up: Dow 25 pts, S&P 3 pts, Nasdaq 14 pts
NEW YORK, Sept 26 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures rose on Thursday, following five days of losses on the S&P 500 and Dow industrials, with investors still focused on budget and debt negotiations in Washington and the possible impact of an ongoing impasse on the economy.
* The U.S. Congress, struggling to avert a government shutdown next week, was warned by the Obama administration on Wednesday that the Treasury was quickly running out of funds to pay government bills and could soon face a damaging debt default.
* Investor angst was heightened as lawmakers grappled with another potential crisis: Federal agency shutdowns that could begin with the new fiscal year next Tuesday, unless Congress comes up with emergency funds.
* Economic data due to be released include weekly initial jobless claims and the final estimate of second-quarter gross domestic product growth at 8:30 a.m. EDT (1230 GMT) as well as pending home sales for August at 10:00 a.m. (1400 GMT).
* Nike Inc will report results after the closing bell. It will be the first earnings report for the retailer as a member of the blue-chip Dow Jones industrial average.
* S&P 500 futures rose 3 points and were above 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 rose 14 points, and Nasdaq 100 futures added 25 points.
* J.C. Penney fell 8 percent in premarket trading. The struggling retailer is looking to raise as much as $1 billion in new equity to build its cash reserves as the holiday season approaches, according to three people with knowledge of the matter.
* Bed Bath and Beyond rose 5.9 percent in light premarket trading a day after it reported a jump in second-quarter profit as the U.S. housing market recovery spurred demand for its products.
* Hertz Global shares dropped 8 percent in premarket trading after the car rental company cut its full-year forecast.