US STOCKS-Wall St climbs, led by energy, healthcare; Nasdaq 100 hits 15-year high

lunes 2 de noviembre de 2015 17:46 GYT

* Dyax soars after Shire offers to buy company

* Visa falls after offer to buy Visa Europe

* HP Inc, Hewlett Packard Enterprise start trading after split

* Indexes up: Dow 0.94 pct, S&P 1.19 pct, Nasdaq 1.45 pct (Updates to close)

By Lewis Krauskopf

Nov 2 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks added to their recent run with gains across all sectors on Monday, led by increases in the beaten-down energy group and the acquisition-driven healthcare industry.

The gains on the first trading day of the month followed the best monthly performance of the major indexes in four years in October. The Nasdaq 100 on Monday closed at its highest level in more than 15 years.

Data on Monday showed U.S. manufacturing activity in October sank 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...