US STOCKS-Wall St drifts lower as weak earnings, crude weigh

martes 27 de octubre de 2015 11:40 GYT

* Alibaba jumps after results

* Pharma majors Pfizer, Merck rise on strong results

* Crude oil lower; Exxon, Chevron slip

* Apple, Twitter to report after the close

* Indexes down: Dow 0.09 pct, S&P 0.22 pct, Nasdaq 0.05 pct (Adds details, updates prices)

By Abhiram Nandakumar

Oct 27 (Reuters) - Wall Street was lower on Tuesday after mixed earnings reports from major U.S. companies, weaker-than-expected data and further declines in crude oil prices.

Investors are also watching the Federal Reserve, which began its two-day policy meeting. While expectations of a rate hike this week are slim, traders will focus on the Fed's statement on Wednesday for clues on the timing of a liftoff.

Corporate results remain in sharp focus as investors scrutinize the reports for the measures companies are taking to grow revenue and protect profit margins.   Continuación...