US STOCKS-Wall St dips on day after S&P 500 hits record high

martes 25 de febrero de 2014 18:01 GYT

* Home Depot and Macy's rally after results

* Market seeks direction after rise to all-time high

* Consumer confidence falls more than expected in Feb

* Dow off 0.2 pct; S&P 500 off 0.1 pct; Nasdaq off 0.1 pct

By Caroline Valetkevitch

NEW YORK, Feb 25 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks edged lower on Tuesday, easing back from record territory a day earlier as weak economic data offset gains in Home Depot and other retail shares.

Seven out of the 10 S&P 500 sector indexes ended lower, led by industrials while consumer discretionaries led on the upside.

Gains in U.S. home prices slowed in December, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller index, while the consumer confidence index fell more than expected in February.

Selling picked up slightly late in the session as traders unwound positions after the S&P 500 failed to break above Monday's intraday record high of 1,858.71, analysts said. The index remained in negative territory, down 0.2 percent, for the year.   Continuación...