US STOCKS-Wall St edges up, S&P rises back above 2,000

martes 26 de agosto de 2014 10:35 GYT

* U.S. consumer confidence hits highest since October 2007

* Best Buy tumbles after results, DSW higher

* Digital Ally gains again, has tripled this month

* Indexes up: Dow 0.3 pct, S&P 0.2 pct, Nasdaq 0.1 pct (Updates to mid-morning, adds confidence data)

By Ryan Vlastelica

NEW YORK, Aug 26 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks edged higher on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 rising to a fresh record on strong consumer data, but gains were capped as investors found few reasons to make major changes to their portfolios amid a long-running rally.

The S&P breached 2,000 for the first time on Monday, and while it closed under that level it still ended at a new high. Including Tuesday's move, both the Dow and the S&P have risen in 10 of the past 13 sessions, while the Nasdaq is up for 11 of the past 13 sessions. Much of the market's recent gains have come on low volume, suggesting many traders may be reluctant to jump in at current levels.

"People aren't going to do anything too aggressive until there's some kind of catalyst, either positive or negative, and we may end up consolidating around 2,000 for a while," said Michael O'Rourke, chief market strategist at JonesTrading in Greenwich, Connecticut. "We're still in an uptrend, but it will be tough to move significantly higher from here."

U.S. consumer confidence rose more than expected in August, climbing to its highest since October 2007. Separately, U.S. durable goods orders jumped 22.6 percent in July, the biggest gain on record, though the number was skewed by strong international demand for aircraft. Excluding transportation, orders fell 0.8 percent.   Continuación...