US STOCKS-Wall St falls on mixed earnings as jobs report looms

jueves 5 de noviembre de 2015 15:58 GYT

* Financials up, utilities down on December rate hike view

* Facebook hits record high after strong results

* Indexes down: Dow 0.19 pct, S&P 0.28 pct, Nasdaq 0.53 pct (Updates to late afternoon)

By Lewis Krauskopf

Nov 5 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks slipped on Thursday, weighed down by energy and healthcare shares and a disappointing report from Qualcomm ahead of Friday's U.S. jobs report.

Qualcomm was the biggest drag on the S&P 500, falling 16.7 percent after the chipmaker forecast first-quarter profit below expectations, while biotech Celgene fell 5.4 percent after its quarterly revenue missed targets.

Losses were limited by Facebook's strong quarterly results which sent its shares to a record high, and a 0.4 percent rise in the financial sector. Facebook shares were up 5.1 percent at $109.25.

The declines paused a rally that took shape in October, the best monthly performance for major stock indexes in four years.

"Employment numbers are coming out tomorrow and that's always a question mark," said Gary Bradshaw, portfolio manager at Hodges Capital Management in Dallas, Texas. "I still think there's a lot of people that doubt the market and they're still skittish and don't believe the rally or think they ought to be in bonds."   Continuación...