US STOCKS-Wall St dips on Ukraine concern though jobs data upbeat

viernes 2 de mayo de 2014 15:03 GYT

* U.S. payrolls surge, jobless rate hits 5-1/2 year low

* AstraZeneca rejects Pfizer's raised bid of $106 bln

* Dow down 0.3 pct; S&P down 0.1 pct; Nasdaq down 0.01 pct (Updates to late afternoon)

By Caroline Valetkevitch

NEW YORK, May 2 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks eased on Friday as an upbeat jobs report was offset by concerns about more violence in Ukraine.

Healthcare shares were among the biggest drags on the S&P 500, including U.S. drugmaker Pfizer Inc. Its shares lost 1.4 percent to $30.70 after its sweetened 63 billion pound ($106 billion) bid for AstraZeneca Plc was promptly rejected by the British company Friday.

Adding to market pressure, at least four people were killed and several wounded in running battles between pro-Russian activists and supporters of Ukrainian unity in Odessa.

"Geopolitical tension has come back into the market. You're going into a weekend and obviously events can unfold so you've got profit-taking," said Quincy Krosby, market strategist at Prudential Financial, based in Newark, New Jersey. All three major indexes were on track for gains for the week.

Oil prices rose on the Ukraine worries, lifting shares of Exxon Mobil and other energy companies, which limited some of the S&P 500's decline.   Continuación...