US STOCKS-Wall St higher as Merck, Sprint shares gain on results
* Merck quarterly profit tops estimate but revenue misses
* Twitter to report earnings after market close
* EU sanctions 15 politicians, military leaders over Ukraine
* Indexes up: Dow 0.6 pct, S&P 0.5 pct, Nasdaq 0.4 pct (Updates to morning session)
By Angela Moon
NEW YORK, April 29 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday following better-than-expected earnings from Merck & Co and Sprint Corp.
The Dow Jones industrial average was outperforming the broader market as component Merck & Co 's shares jumped nearly 3 percent to $58.42 after its earnings report.
Britain's Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc confirmed talks to buy Merck's consumer health business, the latest asset up for grabs in a wave of recent pharmaceutical deals.
On the S&P, energy and financial stocks were among the top gainers, with the energy sector up 1.2 percent and the financial sector up 0.9 percent. Continuación...