US STOCKS-S&P 500 slips as health stocks weigh

lunes 8 de agosto de 2016 13:11 GYT

* S&P 0.2 pct away from record high

* Drugmakers Bristol-Myers, Allergan, Merck drop

* Indexes down: Dow 0.12 pct, S&P 0.09 pct, Nasdaq 0.19 pct (Updates to early afternoon)

By Yashaswini Swamynathan

Aug 8 (Reuters) - The S&P 500 index failed to hold on to its gains after touching a record high on Monday as a drop in healthcare stocks offset the impact of higher oil prices and a strong jobs report.

The S&P 500 healthcare index lost nearly 1 percent, while the Nasdaq biotech index was off 0.8 percent.

However, oil prices rose 2.5 percent after a report in the Wall Street Journal last week that some OPEC members had called for a freeze in production.

The S&P and the Nasdaq closed at record highs on Friday after data showed that the U.S. economy added 255,000 jobs in July, way more than 180,000 that analysts had estimated.

"You know the old saying: 'Buy on the rumor, sell on the news.' So I wouldn't say today's movement is particularly surprising," said Melissa Brown, senior director of applied research at Axioma in New York.   Continuación...