April 23, 2018 / 7:14 PM / a year ago

US STOCKS-Wall St edges lower as tech stocks, bond yields weigh

* 10-year Treasury yields hit four-year high

* Aluminum stocks drop as U.S. weighs sanctions relief

* Alphabet results expected after the bell

* Dow down 0.47 pct, S&P 500 down 0.40 pct, Nasdaq down 0.67 pct (Updates to late afternoon, changes byline)

By Stephen Culp

NEW YORK, April 23 (Reuters) - Wall Street fell into negative territory on Monday as signs of soft smartphone demand took a toll on tech stocks and a rise in bond yields dented demand for equities, offsetting optimism on earnings.

Tech stocks were a drag on all three major U.S. indexes ahead of a big week of earnings for the sector. Chipmaker shares fell after the world’s largest contract chipmaker, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd, cut its full-year revenue target due to softer demand for smartphones.

Yields on 10-year U.S. Treasuries rose to their highest level since January 2014 amid concerns over the growing supply of government debt and accelerating inflation.

While rising yields can lead investors away from equities, the robust earnings season gave reason for confidence.

“Earnings continue to be healthy and in many respects exceed market expectations. It continues to suggest an overall strength in the economy, and we’re seeing more and more above-trend growth,” said Steven Baffico, chief executive officer at Four Wood Capital Partners in New York.

“One good quarter does not a year make, but I think you can look at overall strength in earnings as a good leading indicator for the equity market,” said Baffico.

Analysts expect earnings growth at S&P 500 companies of nearly 20 percent in the first quarter, the strongest showing in seven years, according to Thomson Reuters data.

Quarterly results are expected this week from 181 S&P 500 companies, including technology heavy-hitters Facebook Inc , Microsoft Corp, Amazon.com Inc and Intel Corp. Alphabet Inc reports after the market closes on Monday.

Alphabet is expected to post first-quarter adjusted earnings per share of $9.28. Heightened options activity ahead of Alphabet’s report implied a 4.9 percent stock price swing in either direction by Friday.

At 3:13PM ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 58.33 points, or 0.24 percent, to 24,404.61, the S&P 500 lost 4.48 points, or 0.17 percent, to 2,665.66, and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 27.71 points, or 0.39 percent, to 7,118.42.

Of the 11 major S&P sectors only telecom and healthcare were in positive territory.

The Philadelphia Semiconductor index was down 1.2 percent and was on track for its fourth straight session of declines on concerns of slowing smartphone demand.

Merck & Co Inc helped lift the healthcare sector, up 2.3 percent following a Goldman Sachs upgrade to “buy.” {nL3N1S051J]

Aluminum company stocks dropped as the United States opened the door to sanctions relief for Russian aluminum giant United Company Rusal Plc. Alcoa tumbled 13.9 percent and Arconic fell 4.8 percent, making it the biggest percentage loser on the S&P.

Declining issues outnumbered advancing ones on the NYSE by a 1.88-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.81-to-1 ratio favored decliners. (Reporting by Stephen Culp Editing by Leslie Adler)

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