US STOCKS-Wall St lower as tepid data adds to growth worries

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US STOCKS-Wall St lower as tepid data adds to growth worries
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* ADP report shows 156,000 jobs added in April vs. est. 196,000

* Priceline falls after forecast misses expectations

* Zillow jumps after raising full-year revenue forecast

* Indexes down: Dow 0.35 pct, S&P 0.49 pct, Nasdaq 0.52 pct (Adds details, changes comment, updates prices)

By Tanya Agrawal

May 4 (Reuters) - Wall Street was lower on Wednesday after tepid U.S. economic data and lackluster corporate results added to concerns about the health of the global economy.

The ADP private sector employment report showed hiring in April fell to its lowest levels in three years. The report acts as a precursor to the more comprehensive government nonfarm payrolls data, which is expected on Friday.

According to a Reuters survey of economists, nonfarm payrolls likely rose by 202,000 jobs in April after rising 215,000 in March. The unemployment rate is forecast holding steady at 5 percent. contrast, another set of data showed the vast U.S. services sector expanded in April as new orders and employment accelerated, helping assuage some of the fears.

The U.S. Federal Reserve, which held monetary policy steady last week, is keeping a keen eye on data, while leaving the door open for a rate hike in June.

A strengthening labor market is expected to influence its decision on future rate hikes, although traders are pricing in only one hike later this year.

World stocks added to losses after lackluster manufacturing data from across the world, including China, triggered this week's selling spree.

"This week the biggest drag on the market has been the cross-currency effects. We've seen some data which is a bit soft. There have been some underwhelming household earnings miss," said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at Wunderlich Securities in New York.

"I don't think the soft data is really going to concern the Fed as long as we see the jobs number in and around 200,000."

At 11:09 a.m. ET (1509 GMT) the Dow Jones industrial average .DJI was down 62.22 points, or 0.35 percent, at 17,688.69, the S&P 500 .SPX was down 10.02 points, or 0.49 percent, at 2,053.35 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC was down 24.78 points, or 0.52 percent, at 4,738.44.

Seven of the 10 major S&P sectors were lower, with the materials index's .SPLRCM 1.11 percent loss leading the decliners.

Shares of Priceline PCLN.O fell 10.2 percent to $1216.07 after the online travel services company's forecast fell short of expectations. Warner Inc TWX.N was up 3.6 percent at $76.32 after the owner of CNN and Cartoon Network reported a higher-than-expected rise in quarterly revenue. ZG.O jumped 13.5 percent to $29.15, a day after the online real estate listings provider raised its full-year revenue outlook.

Intercontinental Exchange ICE.N jumped 7 percent to $257.99 after the U.S. exchange operator said it did not intend to make a rival offer for London Stock Exchange Group LSE.L . issues outnumbered advancing ones on the NYSE by 1,765 to 1,058. On the Nasdaq, 1,683 issues fell and 878 advanced.

The S&P 500 index showed 10 new 52-week high and five new lows, while the Nasdaq recorded 19 new highs and 39 new lows.

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