US STOCKS-Wall St higher as rate hike worries fade; S&P near record

jueves 21 de mayo de 2015 12:10 GYT

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* Indexes up: Dow 0.07 pct, S&P 0.3 pct, Nasdaq 0.3 pct (Add details, changes comment, updates prices)

By Tanya Agrawal

May 21 (Reuters) - Wall Street was higher in late morning trading on Thursday, with the S&P 500 a whisker away from a record high, as a fresh batch of disappointing economic data bolstered expectations that the Federal Reserve would not raise interest rates any time soon.

With the Dow and the S&P trading near record levels this week, trading volumes have been subdued as the quarterly earnings season draws to a close and a long holiday weekend nears.

The central bank's officials believed it would be premature to raise rates next month even though most felt the economy was set to rebound from a dismal start to the year, according to minutes from their April policy meeting.   Continuación...