US STOCKS-Wall St near unchanged mark; Nasdaq up on Google lift

martes 24 de marzo de 2015 13:15 GYT

* Google up as CFO to move from Morgan Stanley

* Shares of miner Freeport fall after it slashes dividend

* Whiting Petroleum shares tumble after share, note offering

* Indexes: Dow off 0.23 pct, S&P off 0.21 pct, Nasdaq up 0.05 pct (Updates to midday, changes byline)

By Chuck Mikolajczak

NEW YORK, March 24 (Reuters) - Stocks were little changed on Wall Street on Tuesday, with equities holding in a tight range that corresponded with currency fluctuations as traders focused on the dollar's strength and its possible effect on corporate earnings.

The Nasdaq outperformed other major indexes, boosted by a 2.6 percent gain in Google shares to $579.94. Morgan Stanley's chief financial officer is leaving the bank to join Google.

Data from home sales to inflation and manufacturing indicated the U.S. economy remains strong, but failed to alter expectations of a faster or steeper monetary policy tightening path at the Federal Reserve.

Traders have honed in on how the Fed will react to economic data, as a June interest rate increase remains a possibility. Stocks have been inversely correlated to the U.S. dollar as several companies have given earnings guidance that cited a negative impact from a strong greenback.   Continuación...