US STOCKS-Wall St edges lower as materials stocks drag

miércoles 2 de marzo de 2016 14:11 GYT

* Crude prices recoup losses

* Feb ADP jobs data beats estimates

* Monsanto falls after cutting FY profit forecast

* Indexes down: Dow 0.09 pct, S&P 0.08 pct, Nasdaq 0.27 pct (Updates to early afternoon)

By Abhiram Nandakumar

March 2 (Reuters) - Wall Street was slightly lower in muted trading on Wednesday as a fall in materials stocks offset gains in energy shares, a day after all three major indexes recorded their best day in more than a month.

Crude prices recovered from earlier losses and were little changed from Tuesday.

A report on Wednesday showed the U.S. private sector added more jobs than expected in February, adding to recent upbeat data that underscored the strength in the U.S. economy.

The report by payrolls processor ADP serves as a precursor to the more comprehensive monthly jobs report by the U.S. Labor Department on Friday.   Continuación...