US STOCKS-Wall St advances, with Nasdaq hitting 5,000, after data

lunes 2 de marzo de 2015 14:33 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 0.5 pct (Adds data)

By Sinead Carew

NEW YORK, March 2 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks advanced on Monday, with the Nasdaq nudging above the 5,000 mark for the first time in 15 years, as a round of mixed data pointed to a slowly accelerating economy.

The Nasdaq composite index oscillated around the milestone after hitting it for the first time since March 27, 2000, at the height of the bubble.   Continuación...