US STOCKS-Wall St ends flat as Draghi disappoints

jueves 10 de marzo de 2016 17:40 GYT

* ECB cuts key rates, expands asset-buying plan

* Dollar General up after results

* Brent crude oil down more than 2 pct

* Dow, S&P 500 end flat; Nasdaq off 0.26 pct (Updates to close)

By Laila Kearney

March 10 (Reuters) - U.S. stock indexes ended a volatile session little changed on Thursday after the European Central Bank reduced interest rates but ECB chief Mario Draghi confounded investors who expected multiple rate cuts by saying more were unlikely.

Stocks jumped early in the day after the ECB pushed its deposit rate deeper into negative territory and increased its asset-buying program to 80 billion euros a month from 60 billion in an effort to boost growth in the region.

"The world was really, really happy with this mainly because we're all addicted to zero interest rates," said Kim Forrest, research analyst at Fort Pitt Capital Group in Pittsburgh. "It's free money."

When Draghi said future cuts would happen only under extreme circumstances, investors expecting even lower rates switched their strategy to risk off, Forrest said.   Continuación...