US STOCKS-Wall St ends up slightly as focus turns to earnings

lunes 12 de octubre de 2015 16:33 GYT

* Dow up for 7th session

* EMC shares rise after Dell offer

* Energy sector down as crude prices slip

* Lilly sinks after experimental heart drug scrapped

* Indexes: Dow up 0.2 pct, S&P up 0.1 pct, Nasdaq up 0.2 pct (Updates to close)

By Caroline Valetkevitch

Oct 12 (Reuters) - Gains in utilities offset a retreat in energy shares on Monday, leaving U.S. stocks slightly higher as investors remained nervous about third-quarter corporate results.

The Dow rose for a seventh straight session, led by gains in UnitedHealth Group, which rose 2.7 percent at $122.51.

This week brings results from some top U.S. banks, among other companies, and investors are eyeing a projected 4.8 percent year-over-year decline in third-quarter S&P 500 earnings, according to Thomson Reuters data. That would be the worst earnings season in six years.   Continuación...