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

martes 25 de febrero de 2014 18:33 GYT

* Home Depot and Macy's rally after results

* Stocks seek direction day after S&P hits intraday record

* 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 financials and industrials, while consumer discretionaries led on the upside.

The day's data showed 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...