US STOCKS-Wall St bounces back in broad rally; bank shares gain

jueves 12 de marzo de 2015 16:30 GYT

* Wall St coming off extended decline

* Bank stocks higher after Fed stress tests

* Intel shares fall after lowered outlook

* Indexes up: Dow 1.5 pct, S&P 1.3 pct, Nasdaq 0.9 pct (Updates to close)

By Caroline Valetkevitch

NEW YORK, March 12 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks rose in a broad rally on Thursday, bouncing back from two days of losses, helped by a weaker dollar that eased worries about corporate profits and tempered the outlook on the timing of a rate increase by the Federal Reserve.

The day's gains lifted the Dow and S&P 500 back into positive territory for the year so far.

Banking shares rallied in the wake of the Federal Reserve's annual check-up on the industry's health. The S&P financial sector rose 2.2 percent and was the day's biggest gainer. A weak outlook from Intel, however, limited gains in the tech sector.

Retail sales unexpectedly dropped for a third month in February, which helped the euro rebound from a 12-year low versus the dollar. That pause in the dollar's recent rally helped ease worries about corporate profits and the Fed's rate outlook.   Continuación...