CORRECTED-US STOCKS-Wall St rises, concerns over Ukraine escalation ease
(Corrects to show housing starts dipped from prior month, not rose)
* Putin tells parliament he does not want more of Ukraine
* Fed in view as two-day meeting set to begin
* General Motors rises after comments from CEO on recalls
* Indexes up: Dow 0.5 pct, S&P 0.5 pct, Nasdaq 0.6 pct
By Chuck Mikolajczak
NEW YORK, March 18 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks rose for a second straight day on Tuesday, with the S&P moving within 1 percent of record levels after comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin eased concerns that tensions over Ukraine might escalate.
In an address to the Russian parliament, Putin said Russia didn't want Ukraine to be divided further, and that he did not want to seize more of the country after approving plans to make Crimea part of Russia following a disputed referendum.
Late Monday, the United States and the European Union imposed personal sanctions on a handful of officials from Russia and Ukraine who were accused of involvement in Moscow's military seizure of the Black Sea peninsula, in the biggest crisis between Russia and the United States since the end of the Cold War. Continuación...