US STOCKS-Wall St higher on tech, financials; Brent slides

lunes 21 de diciembre de 2015 11:04 GYT

* Disney rises as Star Wars breaks box-office records

* Microsoft biggest boost to S&P 500, Nasdaq

* Apple up 1 percent

* Indexes up: Dow 0.68 pct, S&P 0.69 pct, Nasdaq 0.71 pct (Updates to open)

By Abhiram Nandakumar

Dec 21 (Reuters) - Wall Street started the Christmas holiday week on a positive note, led by tech and financials, but energy stocks lagged as Brent crude hit an 11-year low.

Trading volumes are expected to be relatively light this week, with U.S. stock markets operating a shortened session on Thursday and closing on Friday for Christmas.

U.S. stock indexes are coming off two days of heavy losses as weak crude prices dampened the effect of the first Federal Reserve interest rate hike in nearly a decade.

Oil prices have been sliding under continued pressure from global oversupply and tepid demand.   Continuación...