CORRECTED-US STOCKS-Dow, S&P 500 stay lower after Yellen comments

miércoles 2 de diciembre de 2015 15:52 GYT

(Corrects paragraph three to show Fed meeting Dec. 15-16, not next week)

* Alphabet, Amazon, Netflix hit record highs

* Private sector adds most jobs since June

* Dow down 0.3 pct, S&P down 0.4 pct, Nasdaq up 0.1 pct

By Caroline Valetkevitch

Dec 2 (Reuters) - The S&P 500 and the Dow stayed modestly lower on Wednesday afternoon following comments by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen suggesting the U.S. central bank may be ready to raise rates.

Record highs in Alphabet, Amazon and Netflix kept the Nasdaq in slightly positive territory.

In prepared remarks to the Economic Club of Washington, Yellen said she was "looking forward" to a rate hike that will be seen as a testament to the economy's recovery from recession. She did not indicate if she still expected a rate hike would be warranted at the Fed's last remaining policy meeting this year on Dec. 15-16.

"Pretty much as expected ... I think the Fed has given investors a lot of time and a lot of direction that they plan to do this. If it is coming as a surprise to you now, you just haven't been following this," said Rick Meckler, president of LibertyView Capital Management in Jersey City, New Jersey.   Continuación...