US STOCKS-Wall St rises on Home Depot, Apple; retail shares lift
* Apple retakes triple-digit territory, hits $100
* Retail shares soar on earnings reports
* July U.S. housing starts exceed expectations; CPI barely rises
* Dow up 0.46 pct; S&P 500 up 0.46 pct; Nasdaq up 0.35 pct (Updates to afternoon, changes quote)
By Akane Otani
NEW YORK, Aug 19 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks rose for a second straight session on Tuesday as upbeat housing market data and strong earnings from Dow industrials component Home Depot overshadowed lingering worry about the conflict in Ukraine.
Apple Inc shares were capturing a lot of attention after returning to the triple-digit arena, hitting $100 for the first time since its seven-for-one stock split in June.
Apple's stock, which gained 1.4 percent in heavy volume to just below its record of $100.58, contributed the most to gains for both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite.
The Nasdaq added to gains after closing at a 14-year high on Monday, while the S&P inched toward its all-time high of 1,991.39, reached on July 24. Continuación...