US STOCKS-Wall St advances as Nasdaq touches 5,000 mark

lunes 2 de marzo de 2015 12:31 GYT

* Nasdaq briefly tops 5,000 level

* Consumer spending falls for second straight month

* Markit manufacturing hits 4-month high, ISM hits 13-month low

* NXP Semi to buy Freescale Semi

* Indexes up: Dow 0.61 pct, S&P 0.34 pct, Nasdaq 0.6 pct (Adds data)

By Chuck Mikolajczak

NEW YORK, March 2 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks advanced on Monday to push the Nasdaq above the 5,000 mark for the first time in fifteen years, as a round of mixed data pointed to a slowly accelerating economy.

The Nasdaq hit a high of 5,000.33 before retreating, the first time above that level since March 27, 2000, at the height of the bubble.

"Five thousand on the Nasdaq, it's been a long time coming," said Peter Kenny, chief market strategist at Clearpool Group in New York.   Continuación...