US STOCKS-Wall St nears record terrain as quarterly reports roll in

martes 19 de abril de 2016 14:55 GYT
 

* Energy stocks up as Kuwaiti oil workers strike

* Goldman Sachs gains after results

* Netflix sinks after disappointing forecast

* Dow up 0.22 pct, S&P up 0.24 pct, Nasdaq down 0.4 pct (Updates to afternoon)

By Noel Randewich

April 19 (Reuters) - The S&P 500 rose toward a record high in a choppy session on Tuesday, lifted by energy stocks and a solid quarterly report from Johnson & Johnson.

After dipping into negative territory and then recovering, the S&P 500 was less than 2 percent short of last May's record high close, with investors laser-focused on a growing flow of first-quarter earnings scorecards, including Intel and Yahoo after the bell.

Chevron and other energy stocks got a lift from a rally in crude after a strike by oil workers in Kuwait dented the OPEC country's output.

A recent rebound in oil and signs that the U.S. economy is slowly improving have helped stocks rally from a steep selloff earlier this year that had pushed the S&P 500 down as much as 10.5 percent.   Continuación...