US STOCKS-Wall St flat after Draghi comments, indexes at records

jueves 6 de noviembre de 2014 11:14 GYT

* Genworth plummets following results, conference call

* Whole Foods, Tesla both rally on strong results

* Indexes: Dow, Nasdaq flat, S&P down 0.1 pct (Updates to market open)

By Ryan Vlastelica

NEW YORK, Nov 6 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were little changed near record levels on Thursday as Europe indicated support for additional measures to support the economy, if necessary, though some weak corporate results limited the market's advance.

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said Thursday the ECB's governing council was unanimous in its commitment to using additional unconventional measures to support the economy. Accommodative policies from central banks around the world have fueled equity gains in recent years. While the U.S. Federal Reserve recently ended its bond-buying stimulus program, the Bank of Japan last week ramped up its own package of incentives.

"The European economy is getting worse, but Draghi presented a united front and said we can expect more action if necessary," said Michael O'Rourke, chief market strategist at JonesTrading in Greenwich, Connecticut.

"He brought more clarity, but there's still more to come out, and it isn't healthy to focus on hopes for stimulus instead of fundamentals."

Genworth Financial plummeted 36 percent to $8.97 in heavy trading, its biggest one-day drop since November 2008 during the financial crisis. The selloff came a day after it unexpectedly swung to a massive loss in its latest quarter.   Continuación...