US STOCKS-Wall St ends lower on global bond rout, Yellen warning

miércoles 6 de mayo de 2015 16:25 GYT

* Yellen: Risks "moderated, not elevated," no bubbles forming

* Fed's Lockhart calls middle-of-year rate hike appropriate

* Tech stocks weigh; Apple down for third session

* Indexes end down: Dow 0.48 pct, S&P 0.45 pct, Nasdaq 0.40 pct (Updates to close)

By Noel Randewich

May 6 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks ended weaker on Wednesday after U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen warned of high valuations, adding to anxiety about future interest rates and a global bond rout.

The S&P 500 ended at a low not seen since early April after Yellen said high equity valuations could pose dangers, although she also said she does not see any bubbles forming.

Atlanta Federal Reserve bank president Dennis Lockhart said he still expects it will be appropriate to raise interest rates some time in the middle of the year, and that market expectations of a September increase were in "reasonable alignment" with the central bank's likely path.

His and Yellen's comments came as investors try to pinpoint when the Fed will begin raising interest rates for the first time since 2006. An April payroll report later this week may affect when the Fed will make its move.   Continuación...