US STOCKS-Wall St near flat as focus turns to earnings season
* EMC shares rise after Dell offer
* Energy sector down as crude prices slip
* Lilly sinks after experimental heart drug scrapped
* Indexes: Dow up 0.19 pct, S&P up 0.03 pct, Nasdaq up 0.10 pct (Updates to late afternoon, changes byline)
By Caroline Valetkevitch
Oct 12 (Reuters) - Gains in utility stocks offset a retreat in energy shares on Monday, leaving U.S. stocks near flat as investors remained nervous about third-quarter corporate results.
This week brings results from some top U.S. banks, among others.
A 1.5-percent drop in the energy index was the biggest drag on the S&P 500, with energy companies falling alongside a 5-percent retreat in oil prices. The utility index was up 0.8 percent.
Trading in equities was also affected by the closing of the bond market, banks and the government, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, for the Columbus Day holiday. Continuación...