US STOCKS-Wall St gains led by healthcare, energy stocks

miércoles 6 de abril de 2016 11:24 GYT

* Fed March meeting minutes due at 2pm ET

* U.S. crude up more than 4 pct

* Indexes up: Dow 0.27 pct, S&P 0.46 pct, Nasdaq 0.68 pct (Adds details, changes comment, updates prices)

By Abhiram Nandakumar

April 6 (Reuters) - Wall Street was marginally higher on Wednesday, helped by a rise in energy and healthcare stocks, as investors awaited the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve's meeting on monetary policy in March.

U.S. crude jumped more than 4 percent, helping prop up energy stocks, after data suggested a smaller-than-expected rise in crude inventories for last week.

Investors, who have been grappling with mixed signals on interest rates from Fed officials, will parse the minutes to gain insight into the central bank's thinking on the economy. The minutes are due at 2 p.m. ET (1600 GMT).

While Fed Chair Janet Yellen has taken a cautious stance, some officials have supported an aggressive plan to raise rates as data points to resilience in the U.S. economy.

"This market is climbing a 'wall of worry' and we are seeing a bit of resistance right now, with the market digesting the advances it recently saw," said Sam Stovall, U.S. equity strategist at S&P Global Market Intelligence in New York.   Continuación...