US STOCKS-Wall Street flat after 4-day rally, data

jueves 19 de junio de 2014 10:45 GYT

* Initial jobless claims fall in latest week

* Philly Fed tops expectations

* BlackBerry jumps after earnings

* Indexes off: Dow 0.03, S&P 0.05 pct, Nasdaq 0.15 pct (Updates to open, adds quote)

By Chuck Mikolajczak

NEW YORK, June 19 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were little changed on Thursday, after four straight days of gains sent the S&P 500 to a fresh record high, as economic data was not enough to entice investors to push equities higher.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 312,000, slightly below the 314,000 forecast.

The benchmark S&P index is up 1.4 percent over the past four sessions. It notched its biggest advance in nearly a month on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve hinted at a slightly faster pace of interest-rate increases starting next year, but suggested rates in the long run would be lower than it had indicated previously.

"Data is pretty good but it's one of those things we have been stuck in for a while, the data is going to continue to muddle along," said Keith Bliss, senior vice-president at Cuttone & Co in New York.   Continuación...