US STOCKS-Wall Street nears record as quarterly reports roll in
* Energy stocks up as Kuwaiti oil workers strike
* Goldman Sachs gains after results
* Intel falls after hours; chipmaker to slash workforce
* Dow up 0.27 pct, S&P up 0.31 pct, Nasdaq down 0.4 pct (Updates to close)
By Noel Randewich
April 19 (Reuters) - The S&P 500 climbed closer to a record high 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 ended 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.
Following two months of steady gains, the S&P 500 is trading at about 17.8 times expected earnings, the highest level since 2004, according to Thomson Reuters Datastream.
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. Continuación...