US STOCKS-S&P, Dow flat on mixed retail picture; Apple boosts Nasdaq

viernes 13 de mayo de 2016 11:42 GYT

* April retail sales rise 1.3 pct vs. est. 0.8 pct rise

* Nordstrom lower after fall in sales

* Apple bounces back after 2-year low on Thursday

* Dow down 0.24 pct, S&P down 0.18 pct, Nasdaq up 0.15 pct (Adds details, changes quote, updates prices)

By Tanya Agrawal and Yashaswini Swamynathan

May 13 (Reuters) - The S&P and Dow were struggling for direction on Friday as investors digested strong April retail sales data that seemed to contradict the gloomy earnings reports by department stores.

The Nasdaq eked out a small gain, helped by a bounce in Apple's shares a day after they hit a two-year low.

The U.S. Commerce Department said retail sales jumped 1.3 percent last month, the largest gain since March 2015 and a bigger rise than the 0.8 percent economists were expecting. Core retail sales, which excludes automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, also rose more than expected.

But, consumer stocks fell after two more department store operators, Nordstrom and J.C. Penney reported lower-than-expected sales.   Continuación...