US STOCKS-S&P 500, Nasdaq dip late; consumer shares lead decline

jueves 4 de febrero de 2016 16:23 GYT

* Ralph Lauren, Kohl's drag down other retailers

* Investors await monthly jobs report on Friday

* Dow up 0.1 pct, S&P 500 down 0.2, Nasdaq down 0.4 pct (Updates to late afternoon)

By Caroline Valetkevitch

Feb 4 (Reuters) - The S&P 500 and Nasdaq edged lower in choppy trading Thursday after disappointing forecasts from retailers and as investors braced for Friday's monthly jobs report.

Consumer-related shares were among the biggest losers in the S&P 500 after Ralph Lauren and Kohl's retailers warned of a tough year ahead. Ralph Lauren sank 22 percent to $90.15 while Kohl's fell 18.4 percent to $41.70, the two biggest percentage decliners in the S&P 500.

The consumer discretionary index was down 1 percent, while S&P staples was down 1.1 percent.

The Dow was in positive territory, helped by shares of Goldman Sachs, up 2 percent at $155.73.

Adding to the day's overall weakness, though, was data showing nonfarm productivity fell in the fourth quarter at its fastest pace in more than a year. New orders for U.S. factory goods also fell in December by the most in a year.   Continuación...