US STOCKS-Indexes little changed, data indicates moderate growth

miércoles 25 de noviembre de 2015 10:50 GYT
 

* Jobless claims fall more than expected

* Durable goods orders rise 1.3 pct in Oct

* Consumer spending barely rises

* Indexes up: Dow 0.05 pct, S&P 0.02 pct, Nasdaq 0.15 pct (Updates to open)

By Abhiram Nandakumar

Nov 25 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were little changed on Wednesday as a barrage of data painted a picture of moderate economic growth, giving Federal Reserve policymakers more to chew on as they consider whether to raise interest rates next month.

Worries about the fallout from the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkey, which weighed on stocks on Tuesday, eased as traders looked forward to Thursday's Thanksgiving holiday.

"The market will be guided by the macro news of the day, notwithstanding the geopolitical concerns that remain elevated," said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at First Standard Financial in New York.

Data showed claims for jobless benefits fell more than expected to 260,000 last week, while durable goods orders for October, excluding aircraft, increased 1.3 percent, far more than the 0.4 percent expected.   Continuación...