US STOCKS-Wall St flat, paring losses on Greece hopes

martes 17 de febrero de 2015 13:49 GYT

* Investors watching situations in Greece, Ukraine

* S&P 500 coming off record closing high

* Celsus shares plummet after drug fails study

* Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq all flat on the day (Updates to afternoon trading)

By Ryan Vlastelica

NEW YORK, Feb 17 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were flat on Tuesday, paring modest early losses and putting the S&P 500 back near record levels as optimism grew that a debt deal would be reached with Greece.

A source told Reuters that Greece intends to ask for an extension of a loan agreement tomorrow. The report follows a collapse of deal negotiations on Monday, which led to European Union finance ministers pressuring the country to remain in an international financial rescue program. U.S.-listed shares of the National Bank of Greece fell 8.7 percent to $1.47.

The news was viewed as another sign of progress, building on the recent optimism that contributed to major indexes notching a second straight week of solid gains last week.

Despite that, investors continued to monitor the situation cautiously, while a fragile Ukraine truce added to the market's uncertainty.   Continuación...