US STOCKS-Wall St higher amid wage growth data, earnings
* Second-qtr wage growth slowest in 33 years
* Exxon, Chevron fall as weak oil prices weigh on profits
* Expedia jumps after results
* Indexes up: Dow 0.01 pct, S&P 0.14 pct, Nasdaq 0.40 pct (Updates to early afternoon)
By Tanya Agrawal
July 31 (Reuters) - Wall Street rose in early afternoon trading on Friday after an historically weak reading of U.S wage growth lent weight to the view that the U.S. Federal Reserve could delay a rate increase.
All three major indexes were poised to end the month higher as earnings reports pushed global concerns to the background.
Exxon Mobil shares fell 3.5 percent to $80.12 while Chevron was down 3.9 percent at $89.43 after quarterly profits slumped on falling oil prices.
Positive commentary from the Fed about the economy earlier in the week is seen by many investors as a signal that a rate rise could come as early as September. The prospect of the first hike in nearly a decade has led to a fall in U.S. equities' share in global portfolios. Continuación...