US STOCKS-Wall St turns positive as health, energy stocks rally

viernes 2 de octubre de 2015 13:30 GYT

* Sept nonfarm payrolls up by 142,000 vs 203,000 expected

* Unemployment rate unchanged at 5.1 pct

* Banks fall as chance of rate hike this year recedes

* Indexes up: Dow 0.48 pct, S&P 0.47 pct, Nasdaq 0.67 pct (Updates to early afternoon)

By Tanya Agrawal

Oct 2 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks turned positive in afternoon trading on Friday as a rally in health care and energy stocks outweighed early worries about the economy after a disappointing jobs report.

The three major indexes fell more than 1.5 percent in initial reaction to the September payrolls report but more than clawed back those early losses by midday.

Nonfarm payrolls rose by 142,000, far less than the 203,000 economists had expected, and August and July figures were revised down. But the jobless rate held at 5.1 percent.

The report, the last before the Federal Reserve's meeting at the end of October, appeared to belie Fed Chair Janet Yellen's comment last week that the economy was strong enough to withstand a rate hike this year.   Continuación...