CORRECTED-US STOCKS-Major indexes end down, but well off session lows

miércoles 15 de octubre de 2014 17:51 GYT

(Corrects "inflation" to "disinflation" in quote in paragraph 6)

* Russell 2000 index ends 1 pct higher

* S&P 500, Nasdaq briefly turn negative for the year

* Indexes off: Dow 1.1 pct, S&P 0.8 pct, Nasdaq 0.3 pct

By Caroline Valetkevitch

NEW YORK, Oct 15 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday on continued worries about weak global demand, but managed to close well above session lows that briefly pushed the S&P 500 and Nasdaq into negative territory for the year.

Small-caps and energy shares, which have been among the market's weakest performers, provided some of the late-day support, with the Russell 2000 index ending up 1 percent and the S&P energy index up 0.4 percent.

Adding to the day's worries, a second nurse in Texas tested positive for the Ebola virus, a week after Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States, died.

The day's losses threatened to wipe out 2014 gains for the S&P 500 and Nasdaq, with the S&P 500 down more than 3 percent at its low. The Dow industrials fell further into the red for the year, down for the fifth consecutive session.   Continuación...