July 3, 2018 / 2:23 PM / in 18 days

US STOCKS-Wall Street higher as energy stocks gain

* Facebook drops as data scandal worries resurface

* Oil prices rise over 1 pct, boosting energy shares

* Airline stocks fall on Deutsche Bank comments

* Trading to be light with early close, July 4 holiday

* Dow up 0.25 pct, S&P up 0.19 pct, Nasdaq flat (Updates to open)

By Amy Caren Daniel

July 3 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday, boosted by energy stocks as oil prices rose, but gains were capped by a drop in technology stocks, with Facebook sliding on renewed concerns over its data scandal.

Facebook dropped 2 percent after the Washington Post reported a federal probe on the data breach linked to Cambridge Analytica was broadened and will include more government agencies.

The S&P technology sector fell 0.21 percent and and was the only one among the 11 main S&P 500 sectors to trade lower.

The gains were led by a 1.47 percent jump in the energy sector, with all its 31 components trading higher as oil prices climbed more than 1 percent after Libya declared force majeure on significant amounts of its supply.

Trade tensions continued to fester, with President Donald Trump on Monday warning the World Trade Organization of “doing something” if United States is not treated properly.

Also looming is a July 6 deadline when Washington is set to impose tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods.

With the markets set to close at 1 p.m. ET ahead of the Fourth of July holiday, trading volumes are expected to be thin and traders do not expect any major bets to be made.

“There’s not going to be a lot ultimately taken away from today’s trading regardless of what direction the market goes in,” said Mark Luschini, chief investment strategist at Janney Montgomery Scott in Philadelphia.

At 10:11 a.m. EDT the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 60.90 points, or 0.25 percent, at 24,368.08, the S&P 500 was up 5.09 points, or 0.19 percent, at 2,731.80 and the Nasdaq Composite was down 3.65 points, or 0.05 percent, at 7,564.04.

Shares of American Airlines, United Continental and Delta Air Lines fell between 1.2 and 2.2 percent after Deutsche Bank downgraded all three companies saying the growing U.S.-China trade dispute could weigh on their results.

Tesla fell 3.7 percent and was set to add to its 2.3 percent drop from Monday when the electric carmaker said it met its Model 3 production goal but failed to convince investors it could continue to do so.

Economic data was mixed. New orders for U.S.-made goods unexpectedly rose in May, pointing to a strengthening manufacturing sector, but business spending on equipment continued to show signs of slowing.

Advancing issues outnumbered decliners by a 3.32-to-1 ratio on the NYSE and a 1.70-to-1 ratio on the Nasdaq.

The S&P index recorded three new 52-week highs and two new lows, while the Nasdaq recorded 56 new highs and 17 new lows. (Reporting by Amy Caren Daniel in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur)

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