US STOCKS-Consumer staples stocks boost Wall St

jueves 30 de junio de 2016 11:24 GYT

* Oil prices fall about 2 pct

* Hershey jumps on Mondelez takeover report

* Indexes up: Dow 0.23 pct, S&P 0.17 pct, Nasdaq 0.07 pct (Adds details, comments, updates prices)

By Yashaswini Swamynathan

June 30 (Reuters) - Wall Street drifted higher in late morning trading on Thursday as consumer staples stocks rose after reports that Oreo cookies maker Mondelez had made a bid to buy Hershey Co.

Hershey's shares soared 18.6 percent to $115.19, making it the top percentage gainer on the S&P 500. Mondelez was up 1.9 percent.

All 10 major S&P sectors were higher, with the consumer staples index rising 1.43 percent. PepsiCo and Philip Morris rose about 2 percent and were the biggest influences on the index.

The three major indexes have recouped more than half of the losses suffered after a shock vote by Britain to leave the European Union. In a two-day panic selloff after the vote, global markets lost about $3 trillion in value.

Soothing investor nerves, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said the central bank would probably need to pump more stimulus into Britain's economy over the summer.   Continuación...