US STOCKS-Energy, health stocks drag indexes down

martes 15 de marzo de 2016 11:28 GYT
 

* Valeant down after cutting revenue forecast

* Feb retail sales fall less than expected

* Indexes down: Dow 0.19 pct, S&P 0.53 pct, Nasdaq 0.59 pct (Adds details, changes comment, updates prices)

By Abhiram Nandakumar

March 15 (Reuters) - Energy and healthcare stocks weighed on Wall Street as investors awaited the outcome of the U.S. Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting.

Global markets fell and the yen rose as investors sought safe havens after the Bank of Japan's lowered inflation expectations suggested it may increase its stimulus program.

"After a very strong bounce in risk assets in the recent few weeks, investors are collectively holding their breath waiting for the Fed tomorrow," said Bill Merz, investment strategist at U.S. Bank Wealth Management in Minneapolis.

The Fed is not expected to raise interest rates at its meeting, which starts on Tuesday, but its comments will be parsed for clues on the path of future hikes.

Investors will also keep a close eye on data this week for a reading on the health of the U.S. economy.   Continuación...