US STOCKS-Wall St drifts higher as tech, energy gain

jueves 28 de enero de 2016 14:05 GYT

* Crude pares some gains after sharp spike

* Facebook leads tech-fueled gains on Nasdaq

* Indexes up: Dow 0.43 pct, S&P 0.57 pct, Nasdaq 0.86 pct (Updates to early afternoon)

By Abhiram Nandakumar

Jan 28 (Reuters) - Wall Street was higher after swinging between gains and losses on Thursday as a fall in healthcare stocks capped gains in technology and energy shares.

The S&P health sector was the biggest loser, while the Nasdaq biotech index was on track for its biggest monthly fall in 16 years with a 3 percent fall.

Abbott Labs was the biggest drag on the healthcare sector, with an 8.8 percent drop.

However, the energy sector was buoyed by the rise in crude oil, which held steady near $34 a barrel, gaining nearly 3 percent. Oil had risen as much as 6 percent earlier on speculation that Saudi Arabia and other OPEC countries would cut output to boost prices.

"Oil's been firmly in control of the market," said Kim Forrest, senior equity research analyst at Fort Pitt Capital Group in Pittsburgh.   Continuación...