US STOCKS-Wall Street gains on data, easing of Ukraine tensions

miércoles 26 de marzo de 2014 10:34 GYT

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By Ryan Vlastelica

NEW YORK, March 26 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday as geopolitical tensions over Ukraine appeared to ease and the latest U.S. economic data pointed to improving conditions.

Gains were broad, with nine of the S&P 500's ten primary sectors higher on the day. The biggest advancing sectors were healthcare and telecom, two groups that are considered defensive plays.

Russia and the West drew a tentative line under the Ukraine crisis after U.S. President Barack Obama and his allies agreed to hold off on more damaging economic sanctions unless Moscow goes beyond the seizure of Crimea, as Russian President Vladimir Putin last week said he didn't want to do.   Continuación...