US STOCKS-Dow, S&P 500 hit records in volatile trading

jueves 6 de noviembre de 2014 17:31 GYT

* Dow, S&P 500 finish at fresh record highs

* Genworth and Qualcomm slump following results

* Whole Foods rallies in bright spot for market

* Indexes: Dow up 0.4 percent, S&P up 0.38 percent, Nasdaq up 0.38 percent (Adds U.S. market close, volume)

By Yasmeen Abutaleb

NEW YORK, Nov 6 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks edged up in a volatile session on Thursday, with the Dow and S&P 500 hitting fresh record closing highs on an indication that the European Central Bank would take more policy action if needed to boost a struggling euro zone economy.

Major indexes fluctuated between positive and negative territory throughout the day. Cyclical shares, ones tied to the pace of economic growth, were among the strongest. But weak results from Qualcomm pressured chipmakers.

ECB President Mario Draghi indicated support for additional measures to bolster the euro zone economy if necessary and said the ECB governing council was unanimous in its commitment to using unconventional measures.

The defensive telecom and utilities sectors were the weakest on the day, off 0.8 and 1.8 percent, respectively. Industrial shares rose 1.1 percent as the strongest sector of the day.   Continuación...