US STOCKS-Wall St little changed as S&P hits resistance

* S&P hits resistance around 1,235

* Netflix gains ahead of joining S&P 500

* Dow up 0.1 pct, S&P up 0.2 pct, Nasdaq up 0.2 pct

* For up-to-the-minute market news see [STXNEWS/US]
(Updates to midmorning)

By Leah Schnurr

NEW YORK, Dec 10 (BestGrowthStock) – U.S. stocks (Read more about the stock market today. ) were little
changed on Friday with the S&P 500 locked in a tight trading
range and as the dollar gained, but encouraging data limited
the downside.

After breaking above a key technical level around 1,228,
the S&P hit resistance at 1,235, which represents the two-year
intraday high reached earlier in the week. The index climbed as
high as 1,236.93 before falling back.

In the latest economic data, consumer sentiment rose more
than expected in early December, while import prices in
November climbed at their fastest pace in a year, data showed.
Also, the U.S. trade deficit narrowed much more than expected
in October. For details, see [ID:nN10294524] and
[ID:nN10198692]

Recent better-than-forecast economic reports have boosted
optimism that the economy is slowly but surely gaining ground,
and some analysts see the market to rallying into the end of
the year after a short-term consolidation.

Robert Tipp, chief investment strategist for Prudential
Fixed Income in Newark, New Jersey, said the market is likely
to be stuck in a range as sentiment vacillates between optimism
and pessimism.

“Basically the market, after being excessive pessimistic,
is having to re-evaluate following the announcement of QE2,
better-than-expected data, and the stimulus from the extension
of the tax cuts. So the market had a big swing in sentiment,”
said Tipp.

The Dow Jones industrial average (.DJI: ) inched up 6.66
points, or 0.06 percent, at 11,376.72. The Standard & Poor’s
500 Index (.SPX: ) added 1.90 points, or 0.15 percent, to
1,234.90. The Nasdaq Composite Index (.IXIC: ) rose 4.52 points,
or 0.17 percent, to 2,621.19.

A gain in the dollar also weighed on equities as the dollar
index (.DXY: ) rose 0.1 percent. Stocks and the greenback have
moved in opposite directions of late.

Shares of Netflix Inc (NFLX.O: ) jumped after Standard &
Poor’s said the movie rental company along with F5 Networks Inc
(FFIV.O: ) and Newfield Exploration Co (NFX.N: ) will replace
Office Depot Inc (ODP.N: ), New York Times Co (NYT.N: ) and Eastman
Kodak Co (EK.N: ) in the S&P 500. Netflix was up 2.2 percent at
$195.31.
(Additional reporting by Ryan Vlastelica; editing by Jeffrey
Benkoe)

US STOCKS-Wall St little changed as S&P hits resistance