US STOCKS-Wall St clings to meager gains ahead of Thanksgiving

miércoles 25 de noviembre de 2015 13:59 GYT

* Jobless claims fall more than expected

* Durable goods orders rise 1.3 pct in Oct

* Consumer spending barely rises

* Indexes up: Dow 0.17 pct, S&P 0.13 pct, Nasdaq 0.37 pct (Adds details, changes comment, updates prices)

By Abhiram Nandakumar

Nov 25 (Reuters) - Wall Street held onto meager gains in subdued trading on Wednesday, underpinned by healthcare and consumer stocks after a flood of data suggested the U.S. economy was growing modestly.

The data left intact expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates for the first time since 2006 when it meets for the last time this year on Dec. 15-16.

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.

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...