US STOCKS-Wall St ends down as energy shares decline, offset ECB

jueves 4 de septiembre de 2014 16:43 GYT

* Energy shares lead S&P sector decline

* ECB cuts rates, to buy asset-backed securities

* BP shares slump after court ruling

* ADP payrolls short of estimates, initial claims up

* Indexes down: Dow 0.05 pct, S&P 0.15 pct, Nasdaq 0.22 pct (Updates to close)

By Akane Otani

NEW YORK, Sept 4 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks ended down on Thursday, retreating from intraday records for the S&P and Dow, as a decline in energy shares sapped an earlier rally following the European Central Bank's new stimulus measures.

Analysts attributed the late-day pullback to nervousness ahead of Friday's key U.S. jobs data. Expectations are for payroll growth of 225,000 in August, according to a Reuters poll.

The wait for jobs data "might have dried up the markets a bit and made it a light day," said Kim Forrest, senior equity research analyst at Fort Pitt Capital Group in Pittsburgh.   Continuación...