REFILE-US STOCKS-Wall St little changed amid earnings flurry

jueves 17 de abril de 2014 12:13 GYT

(Replaces extraneous word "market" for "most" in quote in 6th paragraph )

* Jobless claims rise less than expected, Philly Fed jumps

* Google, IBM shares fall a day after posting earnings

* Morgan Stanley rallies after results

* Indexes: Dow off 0.1 pct, S&P flat, Nasdaq up 0.15 pct

By Rodrigo Campos

NEW YORK, April 17 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were little changed in choppy trading on Thursday following three days of gains, as underwhelming results from tech giants Google and IBM were offset by upbeat quarterly numbers including those from Morgan Stanley and General Electric.

Economic data was supportive of equities, with the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits up less than expected last week and near pre-recession levels. Factory activity in the U.S. mid-Atlantic region expanded in April at a faster clip than anticipated.

Blended earnings per share growth on S&P 500 components rose to 1.7 percent from Wednesday's 0.6 percent, Thomson Reuters data showed, indicating most companies that reported in the past 24 hours exceeded expectations.   Continuación...