US STOCKS-Wall St lower as Wal-Mart drags, oil pares gains

jueves 18 de febrero de 2016 12:33 GYT

* Wal-Mart falls after cutting forecast

* IBM up on Morgan Stanley upgrade

* Oil pull back after U.S. stockpiles rise

* Indexes down: Dow 0.22 pct, S&P 0.45 pct, Nasdaq 0.73 pct (Adds details, changes comment, updates prices)

By Abhiram Nandakumar

Feb 18 (Reuters) - Wall Street fell late on Thursday morning after a slump in Wal-Mart weighed on consumer stocks, oil prices retreated and sectors that drove the three-day rally gave up some gains.

Eight of the 10 major S&P sectors were lower, led by the 1.14 percent drop in energy shares.

Crude oil prices, whose performance has been tightly tied to the stock market, dropped from session highs after a report showed U.S. crude stocks rose last week. Brent crude was flat.

Wal-Mart slumped 4.4 percent to $63.23 after the retailer reported a lower quarterly profit and gave a lackluster sales outlook. The stock was the biggest drag on the Dow and also dragged down other consumer stocks.   Continuación...