US STOCKS-Strong economic data calms Wall St; energy stocks bounce

jueves 16 de octubre de 2014 15:06 GYT

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By Caroline Valetkevitch

NEW YORK, Oct 16 (Reuters) - The S&P 500 and Nasdaq moved in and out of positive territory in afternoon trading Thursday after starting the day with losses, as economic reports eased fears about the potential impact of a weakening global economy on the United States.

The Dow, which has closed down for five straight sessions, was slightly lower.

Energy shares provided the biggest boost to the S&P 500, with the S&P 500 energy index up 1.2 percent. The index, which has lost ground dramatically in recent sessions, briefly slipped into bear market territory earlier this week.

While the day's moves were not as dramatic as in recent sessions, the S&P 500 remained well below its 200-day moving average of around 1,905.   Continuación...