9 de febrero de 2016 / 16:38 / hace un año

US STOCKS-Wall St flat as tech rebound offsets energy, financials

3 MIN. DE LECTURA

* Oil prices reverse course to trade lower

* Viacom, Fox drop as revenue misses estimates

* Facebook, Alphabet up after 2-day drop

* Indexes up: Dow 0.04 pct, S&P 0.13 pct, Nasdaq up 0.22 pct (Adds details, updates prices)

By Abhiram Nandakumar

Feb 9 (Reuters) - Wall Street bounced between gains and losses in choppy trading on Tuesday, as a decline in energy and financial sectors offset gains in materials and technology stocks.

Four of the 10 major S&P sectors were lower, with energy down 1.7 percent and financials off 0.43 percent.

The financial sector has taken the biggest beating this year, falling 15 percent, as recession fears compounded concern about their exposure to the energy sector and expectations that global interest rates are unlikely to rise quickly.

"We're starting to feel some of the knock on effects from energy and distress in those markets," said Steven Baffico, chief executive officer at Four Wood Capital Partners in New York.

"Over the last couple of days, that's spread into the financial system. It's difficult to find a lot of momentum to the upside for any sustained period of time," he said.

U.S. stocks have struggled for the better part of this year, and fell sharply in the previous two sessions, on increasing worries of a sustained slowdown in global economic growth and falling oil prices.

Brent crude oil prices were down 2 percent, giving up earlier gains.

At 11:29 a.m. ET (1629 GMT), the Dow Jones industrial average was up 6.37 points, or 0.04 percent, at 16,033.42.

The S&P 500 was up 2.49 points, or 0.13 percent, at 1,855.93. The index is down 13.18 percent from its record high in May through Monday's close.

The Nasdaq Composite index was up 9.60 points, or 0.22 percent, at 4,293.35. The index has slid 18.12 percent from its record in July through Monday's close.

The technology sector was up 0.36 percent. Facebook and Alphabet were up about 1.5 percent. Microsoft was up 0.6 percent.

The stocks, which led the rout in technology stocks in the past two days, were propping up the S&P and the Nasdaq.

Viacom tumbled 12.5 percent and Twenty-First Century Fox dropped 2.3 percent after the two media companies posted lower-than-expected revenue.

Other media stocks also fell. Disney, scheduled to report after the close, was off nearly 1 percent. Investors are keen to know ESPN subscriber trends.

Regeneron Pharma dipped 4.6 percent to $372.58 on a disappointing profit and a forecast of slowing sales growth for its blockbuster eye drug.

Declining issues outnumbered advancing ones on the NYSE by 2,282 to 640. On the Nasdaq, 1,741 issues fell and 835 advanced.

The S&P 500 index showed two new 52-week highs and 72 new lows, while the Nasdaq recorded three new highs and 303 lows. (Reporting by Aastha Agnihotri and Abhiram Nandakumar in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio D'Souza)

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