BUZZ-U.S. STOCKS ON THE MOVE-Caterpillar, Wal-Mart, Host Hotels, Goldcorp

Thu Feb 19, 2015 1:13pm EST
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U.S. stocks fell modestly on Thursday with energy shares leading the drop amid a slump in oil prices, and investors remained cautious as uncertainty continued over the prospects of a debt deal with Greece.

The Dow Jones industrial average was down 0.31 percent at 17,973.89, the S&P 500 was down 0.18 percent at 2,095.97 and the Nasdaq Composite was up 0.30 percent at 4,921.22.

** WAL-MART STORES INC, $84.01, -2.64 pct

The world's largest retailer said it would spend more than $1 billion to increase pay for half a million U.S. employees this year. That and investments in e-commerce initiatives would keep operating income "pressured" in fiscal 2016, the company said. It forecast first quarter and full-year profit that fell short of analysts' average estimate.

Graphic: Wal-Mart earnings

** CATERPILLAR INC, $83.56, -1.46 pct

The heavy machinery maker said global retail sales of machines fell 14 percent for the 3-month rolling period ended Jan. 2015, driven by a 36 percent fall in Latin America.   Continued...