US STOCKS-Wall St rises again as Ukraine woes ease; tech leads

martes 18 de marzo de 2014 17:10 GYT

* Putin tells parliament he does not want more of Ukraine

* Fed in focus as two-day meeting begins

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

* Dow up 0.6 pct; S&P 500 up 0.7 pct; Nasdaq up 1.3 pct

By Chuck Mikolajczak

NEW YORK, March 18 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks climbed for a second straight session on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 within striking distance of its record after comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin soothed anxiety that tensions over Ukraine could escalate.

Gains were broad, with nine of the 10 primary S&P 500 sector indexes higher for the day. An S&P technology sector index , up 1.4 percent, led the advance, buoyed by a rally in Microsoft Corp.

Microsoft shares jumped 4 percent to $39.55, the biggest daily advance for the software company's stock since November. Tuesday's move took the stock near $40 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.

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.   Continuación...