US stocks are mostly higher after long holiday weekend; Coca-Cola slump weighs on the Dow


NEW YORK, N.Y. – The U.S. stock market is mostly higher as traders return from a long holiday weekend.

Health care stocks rose following a big merger in the pharmaceutical sector. Coca-Cola slumped after turning in disappointing quarterly results.

The Dow Jones industrial average was little changed at 16,152 in midday trading Tuesday.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose three points, or 0.2 per cent, to 1,841. The Nasdaq composite increased 27 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 4,272.

Forest Laboratories jumped 30 per cent after another drugmaker, Actavis, agreed to buy the company for $25 billion.

Coca-Cola fell 3 per cent after reporting lower fourth-quarter profit and sales.

Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.71 per cent from 2.75 per cent on Friday.

Markets were closed Monday for Presidents’ Day.

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