US STOCKS-Wall St falls as health, tech stocks drag

jueves 3 de marzo de 2016 13:55 GYT

* Weekly jobless claims rise, but labor market remains strong

* February monthly labor data expected on Friday

* Herbalife falls after database snafu botches growth numbers

* Indexes down: Dow 0.29 pct, S&P 0.24 pct, Nasdaq 0.39 pct (Updates to early afternoon)

By Tanya Agrawal

March 3 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were lower in early afternoon trading on Thursday, dragged down by health and tech stocks, and as investors awaited the crucial monthly jobs report.

Earlier in the day, data showed weekly jobless claims rose unexpectedly. The data comes ahead of the comprehensive labor report for February on Friday. The report is expected to show an addition of 190,000 jobs, compared with 151,000 in January.

Other data showed that employment in the services sector contracted in February for the first time in two years and factory orders fell.

While concerns linger over the state of the global economy, upbeat data from major economies this week and signs of a rebound in commodity prices have helped ease some of those worries.   Continuación...