BUZZ-U.S. stocks: Resilience

Fri Oct 30, 2015 4:26pm EDT
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** Upbeat results from blue-chips nudge the S&P 500 index to a 0.2 pct weekly gain, and completely retracing its post-Aug 19 selloff

** The Nasdaq 100 edges closer to its 15-year high

** S&P quarterly profits now expected to fall just 1 pct, far less than 4.9-pct drop forecasted at start of earnings season, according to Thomson Reuters data

** Apple defies China slowdown fears ahead of the crucial holiday period, while some remain cautious

** Also in tech, Yahoo enjoys its best week in a year as Alibaba mobilizes

** Healthcare snaps back with its best week since March, rises 3.1 pct, as brightened outlooks from big pharma co's and M&A drown out the noise around Valeant

** In contrast, semiconductors stumble with the SOX dropping 3 pct, after poor results from chipmakers worldwide spill over into the U.S.. NXP Semiconductors loses a fifth of its value

** Utilities, week's worst sector, and REITs drubbed after Fed hints of a December rate liftoff

** Biggest single-stock loser CONSOL Energy delivers investors another lump of coal with a 30-pct plunge