US STOCKS-S&P500 index buoyed by commodity sectors; Apple drags futures lower

martes 26 de abril de 2016 17:04 GYT

* Apple, Twitter shares tumble after the bell

* March durable goods orders miss expectations

* Energy leads S&P 500 index up as crude oil rises

* Dow up 0.07 pct, S&P up 0.19 pct, Nasdaq down 0.15 pct (Updates volume, adds Apple, Twitter earnings)

By Rodrigo Campos

April 26 (Reuters) - The S&P 500 stock index ticked up on Tuesday, buoyed by gains in the energy and materials sectors, even though lackluster economic data weakened the U.S. dollar, thereby giving support to oil and gold prices.

After the closing bell, however, S&P500 futures pared gains and Nasdaq added to losses following a more than 6.0 percent fall in Apple's shares after the company reported earnings below expectations.

Earlier, the U.S. Commerce Department reported U.S. durable goods orders recovered far less than expected in March as demand for cars, computers and appliances slumped, dragging down the U.S. dollar. Consumers also appeared slightly pessimistic on the economy's short-term outlook and sent a measure of confidence lower in April.

The data came as Federal Reserve officials started a two-day policy meeting in Washington, D.C. Policymakers are expected to hold interest rates steady but may be more upbeat on the economic outlook, leaving the path open for future interest rate rises.   Continuación...