US STOCKS-Wall St rises on overseas optimism; S&P touches record

viernes 13 de febrero de 2015 14:14 GYT

* Investors breathe easier on overseas issues

* German growth beats expectations

* Import prices drop in January; consumer confidence drops

* AmEx weighs on S&P 500

* Indexes up: Dow 0.17 pct, S&P 0.15 pct, Nasdaq 0.38 pct (Adds market updates, )

By Chuck Mikolajczak

NEW YORK, Feb 13 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks advanced modestly on Friday, as the S&P 500 scaled a new intraday record, helped by investor optimism regarding Greece and Ukraine and upbeat German growth data.

Germany grew 0.7 percent in the fourth quarter, more than double the expected 0.3 percent, pointing to a stronger 2015 for Europe's biggest economy.

Equities have rallied this week after a ceasefire agreement between Ukraine and Russia, and apparent progress on a deal on Greek debt in the euro zone. For the week, the Dow is up 1.1 percent, the S&P 500 is up 1.8 percent and the Nasdaq is up 2.5 percent.   Continuación...