US STOCKS-U.S. stocks higher; 3M, Caterpillar weigh on Dow

jueves 23 de julio de 2015 11:21 GYT

* Weekly jobless claims lowest since 1973

* Caterpillar falls after lower quarterly profit

* GM jumps after adjusted profit more than doubles

* Visa, AT&T and Amazon results expected after the bell

* Dow falls 0.09 pct, S&P up 0.05 pct, Nasdaq up 0.42 pct (Adds details, adds comment, updates prices)

By Tanya Agrawal

July 23 (Reuters) - The Nasdaq composite and the S&P 500 were higher on Thursday after two days of losses, while the Dow Jones industrial average was at a week-low on disappointing results from bellwethers such as 3M and Caterpillar .

The two stocks, together with American Express, contributed 55 points to the Dow's fall.

Caterpillar shares fell as much as 3.4 percent to a four-year low of $77.03 after the world's largest construction and mining equipment maker reported sales decline in key markets in a sluggish global economy.   Continuación...