US STOCKS-Wall St buoyed by healthcare with Fed on deck

martes 20 de septiembre de 2016 15:02 GYT

* Fed statement due at 2:00 p.m. ET Wednesday

* Bank of Japan meeting also in focus

* Tobira Therapeutics soars 700 pct on Allergan deal

* Indexes up: Dow 0.26 pct, S&P 0.25 pct, Nasdaq 0.27 pct (Updates to late afternoon)

By Lewis Krauskopf

Sept 20 (Reuters) - Wall Street edged higher on Tuesday, helped by gains in healthcare shares, as investors awaited the outcome on Wednesday from monetary policy meetings in the United States and Japan.

Though the Federal Reserve is not expected to raise rates, the U.S. central bank's statement is eagerly anticipated for any clues about whether it will hike in the coming months.

The Bank of Japan is expected to further ease its ultra-loose policies, according to a Reuters poll of economists.

"Not many think the Fed is going to hike tomorrow, but whether they change the language to get a little more hawkish, there's been conversation around that," said Walter Todd, chief investment officer at Greenwood Capital in Greenwood, South Carolina.   Continuación...