US STOCKS-Wall St pulls back after recent rally

lunes 4 de abril de 2016 16:42 GYT

* S&P healthcare sector's gains help limit losses

* Virgin America surges on buyout deal with Alaska Air

* Indexes down: Dow 0.3 pct, S&P 0.3 pct, Nasdaq 0.5 pct (Updates to close)

By Caroline Valetkevitch

April 4 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks ended weaker on Monday, pulling back from a recent rally that took them to new 2016 highs, as losses in commodity-related and industrial shares offset gains in healthcare.

The S&P materials sector fell 1 percent after copper prices touched their lowest in a month, while energy shares slipped with oil prices.

"What we're seeing is some classic bullish fatigue setting in. Oil and other commodities are all in pullback mode ... and investors are very focused on commodities because they led on the way up," said Adam Sarhan, chief executive of Sarhan Capital in New York.

The Dow Jones industrial average closed down 55.75 points, or 0.31 percent, to 17,737, the S&P 500 lost 6.65 points, or 0.32 percent, to 2,066.13 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 22.75 points, or 0.46 percent, to 4,891.80.

Stocks have mostly gained since mid-February, recovering from deep losses thanks to stabilizing oil prices and reduced concerns about China's economy.   Continuación...