US STOCKS-Wall St slumps on Greece concerns

martes 10 de marzo de 2015 09:51 GYT

* Qualcomm jumps in premarket, to buy back shares

* Crude oil falls; Exxon, Halliburton weaker

* Indexes down: Dow 1.05 pct, S&P 500 1.01 pct, Nasdaq 1.09 pct (Updates to market open)

By Ryan Vlastelica

NEW YORK, March 10 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks fell on Tuesday, dropping in a broad decline amid renewed concerns about debt talks with Greece and as crude oil fell, weighing on energy shares.

Euro zone ministers agreed that technical talks between finance experts from Athens and its international creditors would start on Wednesday, with the aim of unlocking further funding. However, the ministers warned Greece that it had "no time to lose."

Greece's debt issues have been on the back burner of late for U.S. investors, who continue to watch the region with caution. While the United States has little direct exposure to the country, there are concerns that extended uncertainty could spread throughout the euro zone.

"There's a lot of rhetoric out there, some of which feels like name-calling, all of which makes the situation read as worse than it used to be," said Nicholas Colas, chief market strategist at the ConvergEx Group in New York.

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