US STOCKS-Wall St up after factory data; Nasdaq 100 hits 15-year high
* Dyax soars after Shire offers to buy company
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* HP Inc, Hewlett Packard Enterprise start trading after split
* Indexes up: Dow 0.68 pct, S&P 0.94 pct, Nasdaq 1.29 pct (Updates to late afternoon)
By Lewis Krauskopf
Nov 2 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks climbed on Monday after a raft of manufacturing data globally and strength in healthcare shares following more acquisition activity.
The gains continued Wall Street's momentum in the first trading day of the month after the major indexes posted their best monthly performance in four years in October. The Nasdaq 100 touched its highest intraday level in more than 15 years.
Fresh data on Monday showed U.S. manufacturing activity in October sunk to a 2-1/2-year low, but a rise in new orders offered encouragement. Elsewhere, factory activity in Germany beat economists' estimates, and manufacturing in Central and eastern Europe kept up a robust pace in October.
"The fact that we have got sturdy numbers from outside the U.S. accompanied by a relatively decent...(U.S. manufacturing) report, I think that cocktail was supportive of risk assets getting a boost," said Mark Luschini, chief investment strategist at Janney Montgomery Scott in Philadelphia. Continuación...