US STOCKS-Wall St higher as health stocks rise; banks in focus
* U.S. retail sales barely rise in Sept
* China consumer inflation rises 1.6 pct in Sept
* JPMorgan falls, Bank of America rises after results
* Indexes up: Dow 0.03 pct, S&P 0.12 pct, Nasdaq 0.32 pct (Updates to open)
By Abhiram Nandakumar
Oct 14 (Reuters) - Wall Street was slightly higher on Wednesday as investors assessed earnings from major U.S. banks and health care stocks bounced back.
Fresh economic data from China, however, appeared to limit gains - consumer inflation in the world's second-biggest economy cooled more than expected in September.
While the health of China's economy continues to remain a concern, investors are focusing on company results.
"When you have these major banks reporting, you really get a very good cross profile of what's going on with the economy in the United States," said Mark Spellman, portfolio manager at Alpine Funds. Continuación...