US STOCKS-Wall St edges up as investors digest comments on Brexit

miércoles 6 de julio de 2016 14:54 GYT

* ISM non-manufacturing index up 56.5 vs estimate of 53.3

* Oil prices higher

* Indexes up: Dow and S&P 0.2 percent, Nasdaq 0.5 percent (Updates to late afternoon)

By Marcus E. Howard

July 6 (Reuters) - Wall Street stocks rose Wednesday afternoon as officials sought to reassure investors of limited impact from Britain's decision to leave the European Union and as healthcare shares gained.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Britain's June 23 vote would have limited impact on the country's economy, while Federal Reserve Governor Daniel Tarullo said world financial markets are well prepared for it.

Minutes from the U.S. central bank's June policy meeting showed policymakers decided in June that interest rate hikes should stay on hold until they have a handle on the consequences of the "Brexit" vote.

A recovery in oil prices and strong U.S. services data also helped alleviate some concerns about a potential global economic slowdown. The S&P energy index was up 0.1 percent.

U.S. services industry activity hit a seven-month high in June as new orders surged and companies hired more workers, suggesting the economy regained speed in the second quarter.   Continuación...