US STOCKS-Wall St up in choppy trade after Fed statement
* Dow, S&P, Nasdaq all up 0.4 pct (Updates prices, adds comment on Fed)
By Rodrigo Campos
June 17 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks rose in choppy trading on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve said the U.S. economy is likely strong enough to withstand an interest rate hike later this year.
Even if a majority of Fed officials continue to see higher rates later this year, they expect rates to rise slightly less by the end of 2016 and 2017 than they did in March.
That view on rates saw high-yielding stocks gain, with the S&P 500 utilities sector up 0.8 percent after hitting its lowest since late September on Tuesday.
"The Fed is talking about the labor market tightening somewhat, which seems to be a hint that it is a step closer to raising rates. At the same time, it seems like there was a notching down of the magnitude of rate hike expectations," said Nick Kalivas, senior equity product strategist at Invesco PowerShares in Downers Grove, Illinois.
"Those two things are what is causing stocks to go back and forth."
Major indexes were volatile in the hour following the statement. Stocks initially added to losses, then hit session highs as Fed Chair Janet Yellen spoke to the media in a follow-up to the statement.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 77.8 points, or 0.43 percent, to 17,982.28, the S&P 500 gained 8.85 points, or 0.42 percent, to 2,105.14 and the Nasdaq Composite added 20.67 points, or 0.41 percent, to 5,076.22. Continuación...