US STOCKS-S&P 500 poised for uninspiring end to turbulent 2015

jueves 31 de diciembre de 2015 15:39 GYT

* All three indexes lower on the day

* Apple weighs on Dow, S&P 500, Nasdaq

* Energy sector worst performer on S&P 500 for year

* Indexes down: Dow 0.44 pct, S&P 0.38 pct, Nasdaq 0.53 pct (Updates to afternoon)

By Noel Randewich

Dec 31 (Reuters) - Wall Street dipped on Thursday, with the S&P 500 moving toward a flat ending to a volatile year marked by record highs as well as a major selloff.

In a reversal of one of 2015's major trends, oil shares moved higher, with the S&P energy sector up 0.73 percent and alone among gainers.

With crude prices losing a third of their value this year under an unprecedented global glut, the energy sector has tumbled 23 percent, its worst annual performance since the global recession.

The S&P 500 hit a record high in May only to slump 11 percent over eight days in August over fears of a China-led global economic slowdown. The CBOE Volatility index spiked to a seven-year high before the market recovered.   Continuación...