US STOCKS-Wall St rise helped by oil; S&P touches record
* 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 0.24 pct, S&P 0.31 pct, Nasdaq 0.62 pct (Adds market updates, )
By Sinead Carew
NEW YORK, Feb 13 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks advanced on Friday, with the S&P 500 scaling a new intraday record as rising oil prices boosted energy stocks, but a decline in utilities limited gains.
Traders held off on making big bets on the last day before a long weekend to avoid extended exposure in case of any negative news, particularly from Europe, where Greece is involved in debt negotiations. U.S. markets are closed on Monday for the Presidents Day holiday.
"In general, you don't see people running up into a three-day weekend. It's a long holding period where you don't have the opportunity to get out of a position," said Peter Jankovskis, co-chief investment officer at OakBrook Investments LLC in Lisle, Illinois. Continuación...