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