US STOCKS-Wall St falls as health insurers weigh; Fed meeting eyed

miércoles 29 de abril de 2015 13:33 GYT

* Humana declines as hospital admissions pick-up

* UnitedHealth is the biggest drag on the Dow

* Higher oil prices weigh on airline stocks

* First-qtr GDP growth lower-than-expected

* Indexes down: Dow 0.7 pct, S&P 0.6 pct, Nasdaq 0.9 pct (Updates to early afternoon, changes comment)

By Tanya Agrawal

April 29 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks fell sharply in early afternoon trading on Wednesday, led by health insurers after Humana reported an unexpected pick-up in hospital admissions in March and April.

Nine out of the 10 major S&P 500 sectors were down, with the health index's 1.2 percent fall being the steepest.

Humana shares fell 7 percent to $168.28, making them the second biggest loser on the S&P 500. The insurer's statement also hit shares of rivals Aetna, Anthem and UnitedHealth, whose 4.5 percent fall to $112.33 made it the biggest drag on the Dow.   Continuación...