US STOCKS-Wall St edges up, buoyed by healthcare; jobs report looms

jueves 2 de junio de 2016 14:38 GYT

* Healthcare sector on pace for 7th day of gains

* Labor data encouraging; Friday's payrolls data next

* Apple drops on Goldman price target cut

* Indexes up: Dow 0.15 pct, S&P 0.13 pct, Nasdaq 0.18 pct (Updates to late afternoon)

By Lewis Krauskopf

NEW YORK, June 2 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks edged higher on Thursday as another positive day for healthcare shares countered declines in tech and energy names and investors girded for the payrolls report on Friday.

Investors are evaluating economic data to determine whether the Federal Reserve will hike interest rates as soon as its June 14-15 meeting.

Data on Thursday showed U.S. private employers increased hiring in May and new applications for jobless benefits fell last week, further boosting the economic outlook for the second quarter. The more comprehensive May non-farm payrolls report is due on Friday.

The S&P 500 recovered from earlier losses as oil prices rebounded.   Continuación...