US STOCKS-Wall St up on housing data; Disney boosts media stocks

lunes 17 de agosto de 2015 16:25 GYT

* Disney shines as Star Wars will make its way to theme parks

* August homebuilder sentiment highest in nearly a decade

* Zulily soars on Liberty Interactive's buyout offer

* Indexes up: Dow 0.4 pct, S&P 0.5 pct, Nasdaq 0.9 pct (Updates prices, changes comment, byline)

By Rodrigo Campos

Aug 17 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks rose on Monday after strong economic data boosted the housing sector and as investors bought recently battered shares in biotech and media.

Housing stocks rose after data showed U.S. homebuilder sentiment rose in August to its highest since a matching reading almost a decade ago.

The data more than offset earlier concern over a surprise fall in manufacturing activity in New York state in August.

"The housing data was pretty good," said Michael James, managing director of equity trading at Wedbush Securities in Los Angeles. "It certainly didn't hurt the bullish tone to everything housing-related."   Continuación...