US STOCKS-Wall Street up on Greece hopes, M&A chatter

lunes 22 de junio de 2015 12:59 GYT

* Global markets higher on Greece deal optimism

* Existing home sales surges to 5-1/2- year high

* Nasdaq hits new record high

* Healthcare stocks rise after M&A chatter

* Indexes up: Dow 0.59 pct, S&P 0.63 pct, Nasdaq 0.62 pct (Updates to early afternoon)

By Tanya Agrawal

June 22 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were higher in early afternoon trading on Monday, helped by a surge in M&A chatter, particularly in the healthcare sector, and on hopes that a deal was nearer to avert a looming crisis in Greece.

The Nasdaq Composite index rose to a record 5,159.36 points, while the S&P 500 came just five points shy of its all-time high.

Healthcare stocks led the gain, with the index rising 0.88 percent on the back on deal activity in the sector.   Continuación...