US STOCKS-Wall St gains with consumer shares, upbeat auto sales

martes 1 de diciembre de 2015 16:26 GYT

* ISM index falls to worst levels since 2009

* Nov auto sales strong

* Indexes up: Dow 0.7 pct, S&P 0.8 pct, Nasdaq 0.7 pct (Updates to late afternoon)

By Caroline Valetkevitch

Dec 1 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks started December stronger on Tuesday as health and retail shares bounced back and as auto sales suggested upbeat growth in November.

The S&P health care index jumped 1.3 percent after declining Monday, while the consumer discretionary index was up 0.9 percent.

U.S. auto sales were on track to post their strongest November ever, according to monthly sales figures released by automakers. Shares of Ford were up 1.3 percent at $14.51, though General Motors' shares were down slightly.

The S&P retail index rose 1 percent. Amazon was up 2.1 percent at $678.96.

Katrina Lam, head of investment strategy and research at MV Financial in Bethesda, Maryland, said the focus is on consumer and retail, which have been giving mixed signals to investors.   Continuación...