US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St rally eases up as healthcare, banks weigh

NEW YORK, Jan 8 (Reuters) - The S&P 500 barely rose on Monday while the healthcare and financial sectors weighed and investors took a breather ahead of earnings season and after the strong rally that marked the start of 2018.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 12.94 points, or 0.05 percent, to 25,282.93, the S&P 500 gained 4.55 points, or 0.17 percent, to 2,747.7 and the Nasdaq Composite added 20.83 points, or 0.29 percent, to 7,157.39. (Reporting by Sinead Carew; Editing by Nick Zieminski)