US STOCKS-Wall St advances after data and deals; Nasdaq hits 5,000

lunes 2 de marzo de 2015 16:29 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, HP to buy Aruba

* Indexes up: Dow 0.69 pct, S&P 0.47 pct, Nasdaq 0.71 pct (Adds market update, commentary)

By Sinead Carew

NEW YORK, March 2 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks advanced on Monday, with the Nasdaq moving above the 5,000 mark for the first time in 15 years, helped by technology deals and mixed data that pointed to a slowly accelerating economy.

The Nasdaq composite index oscillated around the 5,000 milestone after hitting it in the morning for the first time since March 27, 2000, at the height of the bubble.

It was boosted by chipmakers NXP Semiconductors NV, Intel Corp as well as network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc after two big deal announcements.   Continuación...