US STOCKS-Facebook 'likes' push Wall Street higher
* Crude pares some gains after sharp spike
* Facebook leads tech-fueled gains on Nasdaq
* Indexes up: Dow 0.8 pct, S&P 0.66 pct, Nasdaq 0.9 pct (Updates to afternoon)
By Noel Randewich
Jan 28 (Reuters) - Wall Street gained on Thursday as a blockbuster quarterly report from Facebook drove tech shares higher and a bounce in oil prices propped up the beleaguered energy sector.
Facebook surged 16.5 percent and was on track for its biggest one-day leap since 2013 after the digital advertising behemoth smashed expectations with a 52-percent jump in fourth quarter revenue.
Helped also by a 4.44-percent gain in Alphabet, set to post its quarterly results after the bell, the S&P tech sector jumped 1.6 percent.
The S&P energy sector rallied 2.6 percent, buoyed by a rise of almost 3 percent in oil prices due to speculation that Saudi Arabia and other OPEC countries would cut output to boost prices.
Optimism sparked by earnings from Facebook and a handful of other companies, as well as the bounce in oil prices, was behind most of the day's improved sentiment, investors said. Continuación...