US STOCKS-Wall St falls on weak Chinese data, oil slump

martes 8 de diciembre de 2015 12:27 GYT

* Oil prices hit fresh post 2009 lows, before paring some losses

* Data shows China's imports fell for 13th consecutive month

* Outerwall slumps after cutting full-year forecast

* Dow down 0.51 pct, S&P down 0.36 pct, Nasdaq up 0.02 pct (Adds details, changes comment, updates shares)

By Tanya Agrawal

Dec 8 (Reuters) - Wall Street slipped on Tuesday as oil prices steadied but remained close to their 7-year low and weak Chinese trade data reignited fears of a global economic slowdown.

U.S. crude fell below $37 per barrel and Brent below $40 for the first time since early 2009, before paring some of those losses.

Oil major Exxon was down about 1 percent, while miner Freeport McMoRan fell 3.5 percent. Exxon was the biggest drag on the S&P.

"We do think oil is putting in a bottom here and view this as a good buying opportunity," said Gary Bradshaw, portfolio manager of Hodges Capital Management in Dallas, Texas.   Continuación...