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* S&P 500 back above 1,900
* Crude oil up; energy sector leads rally
* JPMorgan up after Q4 results beat; financials gain
* Indexes up: Dow 1.4 pct, S&P 1.7 pct, Nasdaq 2 pct
By Caroline Valetkevitch
Jan 14 (Reuters) - A rally in battered energy shares led U.S. stocks to rebound on Thursday, while financials rose after upbeat results from JPMorgan Chase & Co.
The S&P 500 had its biggest daily percentage gain since December and ended back above 1,900.
Though the market finished off its highs for the day, analysts said some investors see a bottom in energy shares, which were among the most heavily sold shares in the market's rout that began at the start of the year.
The S&P energy sector shot up 4.5 percent, its best percentage gain since late August.
Shares of Exxon Mobil surged 4.6 percent to $79.12 while Chevron jumped 5.1 percent to $85.47, among the biggest boosts to the Dow and S&P 500. U.S. and Brent oil prices ended more than 2 percent higher.
Also rebounding were biotechs, with the Nasdaq Biotech Index ending up 4.0 percent.
"You have had people trying to pick a bottom both in the energy commodity itself and energy shares a few times in this long slide down and again today," said Rick Meckler, president of LibertyView Capital Management in Jersey City, New Jersey.
He said exchange-traded funds may have bought energy stocks, forcing short-sellers to cover positions.
The Dow Jones industrial average was up 227.64 points, or 1.41 percent, to 16,379.05, the S&P 500 had gained 31.56 points, or 1.67 percent, to 1,921.84 and the Nasdaq Composite had added 88.94 points, or 1.97 percent, to 4,615.00.
The S&P 500 remains down 9.8 percent from its May 21, 2015, record closing high, and analysts said plenty of caution remains, thanks to lingering concerns about demand for oil and a slowdown in the global economy.
Daniel Morgan, senior portfolio manager at Synovus Trust Company in Atlanta, said he does not see stocks headed for a bear market, adding that upbeat earnings reports from tech and other companies could put the market on stronger footing.
JPMorgan rose 1.5 percent to $58.20 on better-than-expected results. Citigroup, Wells Fargo , Morgan Stanley and Bank of America also rose.
Chipotle was up 6.1 percent at $454.30 after the company expressed confidence in preventing future food poisoning outbreaks at its chains.
Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by 2,079 to 1,005, for a 2.07-to-1 ratio on the upside; on the Nasdaq, 1,961 issues rose and 899 fell for a 2.18-to-1 ratio favoring advancers.
The S&P 500 posted 1 new 52-week high and 115 new lows; the Nasdaq recorded 6 new highs and 439 new lows. (Editing by Frances Kerry and Nick Zieminski)