US STOCKS-Wall St off lows; health stocks, weak reports drag

jueves 5 de noviembre de 2015 14:18 GYT

* Healthcare stocks hit by probe into drug price hikes

* Financials up, utilities down on Dec rate hike chances

* Facebook hits record high after strong results

* Dow up 0.02 pct, S&P down 0.06 pct, Nasdaq down 0.37 pct (Updates to early afternoon)

By Abhiram Nandakumar

Nov 5 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks moved off session lows on Thursday afternoon, but were still weighed down by a raft of weak earnings reports, while the healthcare sector fell after the U.S. launched a probe into drug prices.

However, losses were limited by Facebook's strong quarterly results, that sent its shares to a record high, and a rise in the financial sector on the prospects of a rate hike next month.

Facebook rose as much as 6.5 percent to $110.65 and gave the biggest boost to the S&P and Nasdaq.

Half of the 10 major S&P sectors were lower, with the healthcare sector down 0.34 percent.   Continuación...