US STOCKS-Microsoft lifts Dow, S&P to records, before oil limits gains

miércoles 20 de julio de 2016 10:07 GYT

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* Microsoft provides biggest boost to the three indexes

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* Indexes up: Dow 0.01 pct, S&P 0.08 pct, Nasdaq 0.43 pct (Updates to open)

By Tanya Agrawal and Anya George Tharakan

July 20 (Reuters) - The Dow and the S&P 500 were little changed on Wednesday, easing after hitting fresh intraday records, as the boost to tech stocks from Microsoft's results was curbed by a drop in energy stock as oil prices fell.

Microsoft was up 4.9 percent at $55.72, making it the biggest boost to the three major indexes, after its results handily beat expectations.

The technology index rose 1.05 percent, leading the three gainers among the 10 major S&P sectors. But, the energy index was down 1.07 percent as oil prices fell 1.5 percent.   Continuación...