US STOCKS-Wall St little changed in earnings, data lull

miércoles 13 de mayo de 2015 15:31 GYT

* April retail sales dampen hopes of Q2 growth rebound

* DuPont falls after winning proxy battle

* Tech stocks rise, utilities fall

* Indexes up: Dow 0.02 pct, S&P 0.04 pct, Nasdaq 0.19 pct (Updates to late afternoon)

By Sinead Carew

May 13 (Reuters) - Wall Street was little changed in afternoon trading on Wednesday as investors stood on the sidelines waiting for the next round of economic data at the tail end of earnings season.

U.S. retail sales were unchanged in April as households cut back on purchases of cars and other big-ticket items and import prices fell for a 10th straight month in April and business inventories barely rose in March.

The data suggested to some investors that the U.S. economy was struggling to rebound strongly enough for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates before September.

"You're now heading from an earnings-centric market to a macro focused market," said Andrew Frankel, co-president of Stuart Frankel & Co in New York. "People seem to be in watch mode as they get an understanding of what's next."   Continuación...