US STOCKS-Wall St higher as health care stocks bounce back

martes 29 de septiembre de 2015 11:37 GYT

* Consumer confidence highest since January

* Eight of 10 S&P sectors up

* Health care index bounces back

* Indexes up: Dow 0.09 pct, S&P 0.25 pct, Nasdaq 0.25 pct (Updates prices)

By Abhiram Nandakumar and Sweta Singh

Sept 29 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were higher in late morning trading on Tuesday as shares of health care companies bounced back and data showed consumer confidence was at its highest since January.

Concerns about the health of the global economy, however, persisted after weak data from China sparked a sharp selloff on Monday.

Eight of the 10 S&P sectors were up, with the healthcare index's 1.50 percent gain leading the advancers. The index had been under pressure after U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton criticized drug pricing last week.

Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic provided the biggest boost to the index, which closed down in the last seven sessions.   Continuación...