US STOCKS-S&P, Nasdaq edge down with Apple; Dow flat
* HP drops after results, outlook
* New home sales fall less than expected
* Indexes: Dow up 0.04 pct, S&P down 0.1 pct, Nasdaq down 0.1 pct (Updates to afternoon trading)
By Caroline Valetkevitch
NEW YORK, Feb 25 (Reuters) - The S&P 500 and Nasdaq edged lower in afternoon trading on Wednesday, led by losses in Apple shares, but gains consumer discretionary shares limited the decline.
Energy shares also climbed along with oil prices. The S&P energy index was up 0.3 percent.
The S&P 500 consumer discretionary index, up 0.8 percent, gave the benchmark index its biggest support. Shares of TJX were up 3.5 percent at $69.51 after results, while Target rose 0.3 percent to $77.17 after a stronger-than-expected jump in same-store sales and profits for the fourth quarter.
Apple shares were down 2.4 percent at $128.03 but are still up almost 10 percent this month.
Single-family home sales in January fell less than expected and supply rose to its highest level since 2010. Continuación...