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

jueves 12 de marzo de 2015 17:06 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 close with latest volume, Disney, Mattel shares up)

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 weaker retail sales that paused the dollar's recent rally and tempered the outlook for interest rates.

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

Banking shares rallied following 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. Recent weakness in stocks has largely been driven by Friday's stronger-than-expected jobs data, which underscored views the Fed could raise rates as early as June.   Continuación...