US STOCKS-U.S. stocks rise, pushing S&P nearer to all-time high

jueves 21 de mayo de 2015 13:50 GYT

* Jobless claims average shows resilient labor market

* Factory data and home resales weaker-than expected

* Nasdaq crosses record high close

* Shake Shack hits record on trademark filing

* Indexes up: Dow 0.1 pct, S&P 0.3 pct, Nasdaq 0.4 pct (Updates to early afternoon)

By Tanya Agrawal

May 21 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks rose in afternoon trading on Thursday, with the S&P 500 just shy of its record high and the Nasdaq crossing its record close, as disappointing economic data bolstered the view that an interest rate hike would come only later in the year.

While the Dow and the S&P are near record levels this week, trading has stayed in a narrow range and volumes have been subdued as the quarterly earnings season draws to a close.

Federal Reserve officials all but ruled out a rate hike next month and investors now await Fed Chair Janet Yellen's speech on Friday for clues on when an era of near-zero interest rates will end.   Continuación...