US STOCKS-Wall St pares back gains as oil prices reverse course

martes 12 de enero de 2016 12:37 GYT

* Crude oil prices reverse course

* Apple, Intel rise after rating upgrades

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* Indexes up: Dow 0.31 pct, S&P 0.41 pct, Nasdaq 0.78 pct (Adds details, changes comment, updates prices)

By Abhiram Nandakumar

Jan 12 (Reuters) - Wall Street pared back early gains on Tuesday as oil prices reversed course, but gains in Apple and healthcare stocks provided support.

Crude prices retreated back towards $30 per barrel, which led to a 0.75 percent drop in the energy sector, making them the worst performing among the 10 major S&P sectors.

Still, stocks held on to gains, with the S&P 500 holding above the key 1900 level and the Nasdaq on track to end a streak of eight straight days of losses.

"We're seeing a bounce here and the reason for that is, from a technical perspective, the S&P got down to that 1900-level (on Monday)," said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at First Standard Financial in New York.   Continuación...