Wall Street ends choppy session higher, health lags on Trump comments | Reuters

By Sinead Carew

NEW YORK U.S. shares ended larger after a choppy day on Wednesday as power and know-how positive factors countered a drop in healthcare shares after President-elect Donald Trump stated pharmaceutical firms have been “getting away with homicide” by charging excessive costs.

The Nasdaq ended the day with one other file closing excessive after falling as a lot as zero.5 p.c after Trump’s first formal information convention for the reason that Nov. eight election.

The S&P 500 healthcare index .SPXHC ended the session down 1 p.c after falling as a lot as 1.9 p.c earlier within the day and the Nasdaq biotechnology index .NBI sank 2.96 p.c, ending a six-day successful streak for each indexes.

“When any individual that top profile says one thing that detrimental, folks don’t wish to spend money on it. They view the sector as uninvestible, and withdraw their cash,” Brad Loncar, supervisor of the Loncar Most cancers Immunotherapy ETF (CNCR.O).

Nonetheless, the sector’s ache eased because the session wore on as cash managers famous that Trump gave no new particular particulars on his healthcare proposals, based on Michael Scanlon, portfolio supervisor at Manulife Asset Administration in Boston.

He cited the start of fourth-quarter earnings season on Friday and Trump’s inauguration as President on Jan. 20 as causes for investor warning.

“Portfolio managers have each purpose on the earth to take a seat on their palms,” stated Scanlon. “You set these two components collectively and I do not suppose you are going to see a lot motion available in the market till possibly we get some fireworks on Friday with earnings.”

The Dow Jones Industrial Common .DJI closed up 98.75 factors, or zero.5 p.c, to 19,954.28, the S&P 500 .SPX gained 6.42 factors, or zero.28 p.c, to 2,275.32 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC added 11.83 factors, or zero.21 p.c, to five,563.65.Eight of the 11 main S&P sectors ended the day larger. Power shares .SPNY, ended 1.2 p.c larger as crude oil CLc1 LCOc1 costs rose.

The S&P’s know-how index .SPLRCT ended up zero.7 p.c, boosted most by Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O), Fb Inc (FB.O) and Apple Inc (AAPL.O).

The largest drag on the S&P’s healthcare sector was Bristol-Meyers Squibb’s (BMY.N) with a 5.three p.c decline, after information that Merck & Co. leapfrogged its rivals within the race to mix immunotherapy with different medication as a remedy for lung most cancers. The following-biggest weights on the sector included Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N), with a 1.2 p.c drop and Abbvie (ABBV.N) with a three.6 p.c decline.

Advancing points outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 2.20-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.22-to-1 ratio favored advancers.

The S&P 500 posted 20 new 52-week highs and two new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 99 new highs and 18 new lows.

About 7.2 billion shares modified palms on U.S. exchanges on Wednesday in contrast with the 6.57 billion common for the final 20 classes.

(Further reporting by Chuck Mikolajczak in New York and Yashaswini Swamynathan, Natalie Grover and Tanya Agrawal in Bengaluru; Enhancing by Savio D’Souza and James Dalgleish)

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