US STOCKS-Techs lead Wall St higher; S&P 500 erases 2015 loss

viernes 23 de octubre de 2015 16:42 GYT

* S&P 500 back in positive territory for the year

* Alphabet, Microsoft spark rally in tech stocks

* Whirlpool forecast disappoints

* Indexes up: Dow 0.9 pct, S&P 1.1 pct, Nasdaq 2.3 pct (Updates to close)

By Caroline Valetkevitch

Oct 23 (Reuters) - A tech share rally drove U.S. stocks up sharply for a second day on Friday as earnings from companies including Microsoft beat analysts' expectations, while healthcare shares rebounded from recent losses.

The gains left the S&P 500 in positive territory for the year and above its 200-day moving average for the first time since Aug. 19.

An unexpected rate cut in China added to the positive tone for U.S. stocks, which also registered gains for the week.

Microsoft shares rose 10.1 percent to $52.87, their highest in 15 years, after adjusted revenue beat expectations for the ninth quarter in a row.   Continuación...