US STOCKS-Wall St drops after two-day advance; jobs data mixed

viernes 9 de enero de 2015 14:34 GYT

* Payrolls increase but wages fall

* Crude prices fall to April 2009 lows

* Bed, Bath & Beyond stumbles after results, outlook

* Indexes off: Dow 0.7 pct, S&P 0.7 pct, Nasdaq 0.5 pct (Updates to afternoon, changes byline)

By Caroline Valetkevitch

NEW YORK, Jan 9 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks fell in Friday afternoon trading after of a two-day rally as investors assessed a monthly payrolls report that gave mixed signals on the economy and energy stocks fell alongside another drop in crude prices.

Nonfarm payrolls rose in December, topping Wall Street expectations while November's surprising gain was also revised higher. However, wages declined.

"I don't necessarily think the wage decline is such a big deal but what it does tell you is that there is certainly no upward pressure on wages and so therefore it just signals that slack in the labor market," said Ken Polcari, director of the NYSE floor division at O'Neil Securities in New York.

The S&P energy sector led declines, down 1.1 percent. Global oil prices resumed their slide on Friday after two days of relative calm, with Brent and U.S. crude hitting their lowest level since April 2009 on persistent worry over the global supply glut.   Continuación...