US STOCKS-Wall St falls as consumer, energy shares drag

martes 31 de mayo de 2016 14:47 GYT

* April consumer spending up; May consumer confidence slips

* Energy shares fall as oil turns lower

* Celator jumps over 70 pct after agreeing to be acquired

* Indexes down: Dow 0.68 pct, S&P 0.38 pct, Nasdaq 0.03 pct (Updates to late afternoon)

By Lewis Krauskopf

May 31 (Reuters) - Wall Street fell on Tuesday, led lower by consumer stocks after tepid consumer confidence data, but the S&P 500 was on pace to show gains for May.

U.S. consumer spending recorded its biggest increase in more than six years in April as households stepped up purchases of automobiles, but other data showed an ebb in consumer confidence in May.

Consumer staples were the worst performing sector, off 0.74 percent, while consumer discretionary shares fell 0.46 percent.

Energy shares dropped 0.71 percent as oil prices turned lower. Nine of 10 S&P sectors were in the red in afternoon trading.   Continuación...