November 13, 2014 / 8:23 PM / 4 years ago

US STOCKS-Energy weighs on Wall Street as crude tumbles

* BlackBerry up after partnerships announcement

* Dow up 0.22 pct, S&P off 0.05 pct, Nasdaq up 0.09 pct (Updates prices, changes comment, byline)

By Rodrigo Campos

NEW YORK, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Energy shares fell their most in a month on Thursday as crude prices slid, leaving the S&P 500 little changed despite gains in Wal-Mart and other consumer stocks.

The Dow and S&P 500 earlier hit intraday highs, with Wal-Mart and Apple at record highs. Wal-Mart was up 4.2 percent to $82.50 after posting a 2.9 percent increase in third-quarter revenue. It earlier hit a high of $82.85.

Apple rose as high as $113.45 to a fresh record while Microsoft, up 1.6 percent at $49.55, swelled to a market cap above $407 billion and overtook Exxon Mobil as the second-largest publicly traded U.S. company, behind Apple.

Exxon fell 1.1 percent to $94.39 as the largest weight on the S&P 500 energy sector, which fell 2.2 percent. Brent crude fell under $78 a barrel while U.S. crude tumbled 3.8 percent to $74.27, both at their lowest in more than four years.

Despite the fall in energy prices, gains in consumer stocks were small. Discretionary items are expected to see more demand as lower gasoline costs free cash from consumers.

“They should be and they will be,” said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at Wunderlich Securities in New York, about discretionary stocks going higher.

“But while we’re waiting for consumer stocks to rise, energy prices continue to be a headwind,” he said.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 38.41 points, or 0.22 percent, to 17,650.61, the S&P 500 lost 0.94 points, or 0.05 percent, to 2,037.31 and the Nasdaq Composite added 4.31 points, or 0.09 percent, to 4,679.44.

J.C. Penney shares tumbled 7.7 percent to $7.16 the day after it reported a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss but said same-store sales were flat and slightly cut its full-year revenue forecast.

DreamWorks Animation shares jumped 10.9 percent to $24.81 after the New York Times said toymaker Hasbro Inc was in talks to buy the Hollywood studio. Hasbro shares lost 4 percent to $55.15.

U.S.-traded BlackBerry shares jumped 8.5 percent to $12.23, the highest since June 2013, after it unveiled its new mobile-device management and security platform and struck wide-ranging partnerships.

Editing by Bernadette Baum and Nick Zieminski

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