US STOCKS-Wall St edges higher despite McDonald's disappointment
* McDonald's says 2013 results to be 'challenged' by flat sales
* Shares of financials lead market, up for 10th day in 12
* Netflix reports earnings after the closing bell
* Dow flat; S&P up 0.2 pct, Nasdaq up 0.3 pct
NEW YORK, July 22 (Reuters) - The S&P 500 edged higher and was on track for a third record closing high on Monday, led by shares of banks and materials companies, while McDonald's fell on disappointing earnings.
Weaker-than-expected results from McDonald's Corp, the world's largest restaurant chain, kept the Dow from making gains after the company said full-year results would be "challenged" in the face of falling sales in Europe, its biggest market. Its shares lost 2.7 percent to $97.60.
Analysts said the market is likely to trend higher in the absence of weak economic news but would need strong earnings and positive outlooks from companies to post significant gains.
"I think we're stuck in a range and we're very much at the top of this range," said Brian Battle, director of trading at Performance Trust Capital Partners in Chicago.
"What will keep us from going up is fundamentals. We need economic fundamentals to drive market prices higher."
Financials rose for the 10th day in the past 12, with Bank of America leading the group. U.S.-listed shares of UBS rose 2.9 percent to $19.18 after the Swiss bank said its second-quarter profit beat forecasts despite a charge to settle a U.S. lawsuit.
A rise in metal prices boosted materials shares, with Newmont Mining up 5.8 percent to $30.36, enough to lead gains in the S&P materials sector.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 0.81 points, or 0.01 percent, at 15,542.93. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index edged up 2.87 points, or 0.17 percent, at 1,694.96, and the Nasdaq Composite Index rose 8.87 points, or 0.25 percent, at 3,596.48.
The S&P 500 has added more than 18 percent so far this year. Recent data showed funds that hold U.S. stocks gained $16.96 billion in the week ended Wednesday, the most since June 2008.
The PHLX housing sector index fell 0.9 percent after an unexpected drop in U.S. home resales in June. The data also gave support to bets that the Federal Reserve will extend its rate of bond purchases to support the economy.
September, however, remains the most likely time for the Fed to announce that it will begin scaling back its $85 billion a month in bond purchases, according to a Reuters poll.
Of the 109 companies in the S&P 500 that have reported earnings for the quarter, 64.2 percent have beaten analyst expectations, while less than half have topped revenue estimates, data from Thomson Reuters showed.
Nearly one-third of S&P 500 companies are expected to report earnings this week, including Apple on Tuesday.
The options market is implying a move near 13.5 percent for Netflix shares in either direction on earnings, said Enis Taner, global macro editor at options research firm RiskReversal.com in New York. That figure is substantially lower than the average share move of about 26 percent over the past four earnings announcements.