CORRECTED-US STOCKS-Wall St slides on lower crude prices, options expiry (Dec. 18)

lunes 21 de diciembre de 2015 15:01 GYT

(Corrects Dec. 18 item to change name of firm to Polaris Greystone Financial Group from Polaris Wealth Advisers in paragraph 4)

* S&P, Dow on track for worst 2-day run since Nov. 1

* Boeing biggest drag on Dow; Apple weighs on S&P, Nasdaq

* Disney falls after rating cut

* Indexes down: Dow 1.61 pct, S&P 1.33 pct, Nasdaq 1.24 pct

By Abhiram Nandakumar

Dec 18 (Reuters) - The Dow Jones industrial average shed nearly 300 points as crude prices headed for their third straight weekly loss, and stock and index options contracts expired.

The Dow and the S&P 500 were on track for their worst two-day run since Nov. 1, and the Nasdaq since mid-November, almost erasing gains from the three-day rally up to the Federal Reserve's interest rate hike on Wednesday.

Volatility was slightly higher than usual on account of "quadruple witching" - the expiry of options on stocks and indexes as well as futures on indexes and single stocks.   Continuación...