US STOCKS-Wall Street edges lower as energy weighs

miércoles 15 de julio de 2015 16:23 GYT

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By Chuck Mikolajczak

July 15 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks edged lower on Wednesday following comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, as a decline in energy shares outweighed gains in the financial sector in the latter stages of trading.

The energy sector, down 1.6 percent, was the worst performer of the 10 major S&P groups as oil prices retreated on concerns increased exports from Iran will add to a global supply glut. Brent settled down $1.46 at $57.05 while U.S. crude settled down $1.63 at $51.41 a barrel.

"We were positive the whole day and we sort of lost our gains right at the tail end," said Phil Orlando, chief equity market strategist at Federated Investors in New York.

"If crude were to be going down, that would mean there is an assumption this deal may get through Congress or the President's veto won't get overturned by Congress such that this Iranian flood of crude comes onto the market."   Continuación...