US STOCKS-Wall St gains on industrial earnings but ends off highs

jueves 23 de octubre de 2014 17:10 GYT

* Industrial shares rally on 3M, Caterpillar results

* Stocks pare gains; New York tests patient for Ebola

* Jobless claims below 300,000 for 6th straight week

* Amazon falls as results, forecast disappoint

* Indexes up: Dow 1.32 pct, S&P 1.23 pct, Nasdaq 1.6 pct

By Yasmeen Abutaleb

NEW YORK, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Earnings from Caterpillar and 3M drove Wall Street higher on Thursday but stocks pared gains in late trading after reports that a New York hospital was running Ebola tests on a healthcare worker.

The day's advance put the S&P 500 at its highest level in two weeks as results from industrial bellwethers reassured investors that corporations can generate strong profits despite concerns about global growth.

Still, the S&P finished about 0.6 percent below its intraday high after news that a healthcare worker who returned to the United States from West Africa had a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms.   Continuación...