US STOCKS-Dow, S&P 500 slip with energy, Wal-Mart; Nasdaq gains

jueves 19 de febrero de 2015 14:32 GYT

* Decline in oil prices weigh on energy shares

* Priceline rallies after results, Wal-Mart down

* Jobless claims fall in latest week

* Dow down 0.3 pct, S&P down 0.2 pct, Nasdaq up 0.3 pct (Updates to afternoon trading)

By Caroline Valetkevitch

NEW YORK, Feb 19 (Reuters) - The Dow and S&P 500 indexes edged lower in afternoon trading on Thursday following further declines in energy shares and a disappointing outlook from Wal-Mart, while the Nasdaq gained.

A drop in shares of Wal-Mart Stores weighed down the Dow after the company cut its sales outlook, citing the impact of a stronger dollar. Shares fell 2.6 percent to $84.08.

On the upside, Priceline Group rallied 8.1 percent to $1,214.34 on its results. The stock was the largest percentage gainer on both the Nasdaq and S&P 500.

The S&P Energy index was down 0.5 percent, among the biggest decliners for S&P sectors. Exxon Mobil fell 1.1 percent to $90.02 as oil prices slid following data that showed another big weekly build in U.S. crude inventories.   Continuación...