US STOCKS-Wall St inches higher as health, consumer stocks gain

miércoles 25 de noviembre de 2015 12:36 GYT

* Jobless claims fall more than expected

* Durable goods orders rise 1.3 pct in Oct

* Consumer spending barely rises

* Indexes up: Dow 0.12 pct, S&P 0.05 pct, Nasdaq 0.19 pct (Adds details, updates prices)

By Abhiram Nandakumar

Nov 25 (Reuters) - Wall Street was slightly higher in quiet trading on Wednesday morning, led by healthcare and consumer stocks after a flood of data that suggested that the U.S. economy was growing modestly.

The data left intact expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates for the first time since 2006 when it meets for the last time this year on Dec. 15-16.

Worries about the fallout from the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkey, which weighed on stocks on Tuesday, eased as traders looked forward to Thursday's Thanksgiving holiday.

"The data that's already come out is going to be the key and I think the markets are probably going to be fairly lackluster today," said Michael Baele, senior portfolio manager at U.S. Bank Private Client Reserve in Portland, Oregon.   Continuación...