CORRECTED-US STOCKS-Wall St up as Ukraine worries lessen; Microsoft gains

martes 18 de marzo de 2014 17:05 GYT

(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 begins

* Microsoft shares rally, near $40 for first time since 2000

* Indexes up: Dow 0.66 pct, S&P 0.75 pct, Nasdaq 1.24 pct

By Chuck Mikolajczak

NEW YORK, March 18 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks climbed for a second straight session on Tuesday, with the S&P within 1 percent of its intraday record after comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin relaxed investors' concerns that tensions over Ukraine could escalate.

Gains were broad, with nine of the ten primary S&P 500 sectors higher on the day. Technology shares, up 1.3 percent, led the advance, buoyed by a rally in Microsoft Corp .

Microsoft shares rose 4 percent to $39.58, the biggest daily advance for the software giant since November, and the move took the stock near $40 a share for the first time since July 2000. Late Monday, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters that the company may unveil an iPad version of the company's Office software suite on March 27.   Continuación...