US STOCKS-Wall St pulls back after Fed rally as energy drags

jueves 19 de marzo de 2015 11:40 GYT

* Energy shares lower on dollar strength, oversupply concern

* Lennar, Guess post strong quarterly earnings

* Indexes: Dow off 0.43 pct, S&P off 0.32 pct, Nasdaq up 0.23 pct (Updates to late morning, adds Philly Fed data)

By Chuck Mikolajczak

NEW YORK, March 19 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks fell on Thursday as energy shares slumped, with the broad S&P 500 handing back some gains from the prior session sparked by a policy statement from the Federal Reserve that was more dovish than expected.

U.S. stocks had rallied more than 1 percent on Wednesday as investors, who had sold equities ahead of the meeting, were relieved by the Fed's statement which cut economic growth and inflation projections and indicated it was in no rush to hike interest rates.

But investors will now seek signs of improvement in the U.S. economy to justify the removal of the word "patient" from the central bank's statement.

"The Fed has painted themselves into a bit of a corner here," said Keith Bliss, senior vice-president at Cuttone & Co in New York.

"Now they have an issue where they have the potential for weakening economic data and you have this dollar which is like a runaway freight train."   Continuación...