US STOCKS-Wall St climbs after retail sales data; health care shares up

jueves 11 de junio de 2015 15:28 GYT

* IMF says major differences remain with Greece

* May retail sales rise 1.2 pct vs est 1.1 pct

* Citrix jumps after investor sends letter to board

* Indexes up: Dow 0.3 pct, S&P 0.3 pct, Nasdaq 0.2 pct (Updates to late afternoon)

By Caroline Valetkevitch

June 11 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks climbed late Thursday afternoon as retail sales data lifted the outlook for consumer spending and as health care shares gained.

Shares of Eli Lilly rose 4.3 percent to $86.77, a day after it said one of its drugs met main goals in two pivotal Phase III studies. The S&P 500 health care index was up 0.7 percent, among the day's best-performing sectors.

S&P utilities gained 0.8 percent as U.S. bond yields retreated. Utilities and other top dividend payers tend to compete with bonds for investment money.

Solid retail sales data follow robust May job growth numbers and stabilizing manufacturing activity, suggesting the economy is gaining momentum after getting off to a slow start in the second quarter.   Continuación...