US STOCKS-Wall St gains with healthcare, upbeat auto sales

martes 1 de diciembre de 2015 17:31 GYT

* ISM index falls to worst levels since 2009

* Nov auto sales keep pace for record 2015

* Indexes up: Dow 1 pct, S&P 1.1 pct, Nasdaq 0.9 pct (Updates to close)

By Caroline Valetkevitch

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

The S&P health care index jumped 1.7 percent, while the consumer discretionary index was up 1 percent, both retracing Monday's losses.

UnitedHealth Group Inc's shares rose 3.1 percent to $116.26 after its chief executive defended the company's possible withdrawal from the Obamacare health insurance exchanges. Shares of Anthem were up 4.2 percent at $135.82.

Strong U.S. auto sales in November kept the industry on pace for a record year in 2015. Shares of Ford were up 1.6 percent at $14.56, though General Motors' shares were up 0.2 percent at $36.26.

The S&P retail index rose 1 percent. Amazon was up 2.1 percent at $679.06.   Continuación...