US STOCKS-Wall Street plows higher as anxiety falls to 7-month low

miércoles 30 de marzo de 2016 16:34 GYT

* Fear barometer closes at lowest since August

* Fed remains 'market's best friend' -investor

* Insurers up after MetLife deemed not "too big to fail"

* Analyst recommendation pushes Apple higher

* Indexes up: Dow 0.47 pct, S&P 0.44 pct, Nasdaq 0.47 pct (Updates to close)

By Noel Randewich

March 30 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks plowed further into positive territory for 2016 on Wednesday, helped for a second session by comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen that eased anxiety about potential interest rate hikes.

MetLife and other financial stocks led the market higher with Apple and other technology stocks also gaining.

Yellen said on Tuesday the U.S. central bank should proceed cautiously as it looks to raise interest rates. On Wednesday, her comments were echoed by Chicago Fed President Charles Evans, who said there was a high hurdle to raising rates in April, given low inflation.   Continuación...