US STOCKS-Wall St falls, snapping three-day rally; Wal-Mart weighs

jueves 18 de febrero de 2016 18:00 GYT

* Wal-Mart falls after tepid sales forecast

* IBM jumps on Morgan Stanley upgrade

* Oil pulls back after U.S. stockpiles rise

* Indexes fall: Dow 0.25 pct, S&P 0.47 pct, Nasdaq 1.03 pct (Adds Nordstrom results in fourth paragraph)

By Lewis Krauskopf

Feb 18 (Reuters) - Wall Street closed lower on Thursday, ending a three-day winning streak, as Wal-Mart shares dragged on the market after a lackluster earnings report and oil prices pulled back.

Eight of the 10 major S&P sectors finished negative, led by a 0.9 percent decline in energy, which had helped drive the recent rally.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc fell 3 percent after the world's largest retailer reported a lower quarterly profit and gave a tepid sales outlook. The stock was the biggest percentage loser in the Dow index.

After the market closed, department store operator Nordstrom Inc reported lower-than-expected quarterly profit and its shares sank 7 percent.   Continuación...