US STOCKS-Wall Street climbs in wake of first presidential face-off
* Consumer confidence index hits 9-year high in September
* Oil prices plunge 3.5 pct; dollar index rises
* Indexes up: Dow 0.74 pct, S&P 0.64 pct, Nasdaq 0.92 pct (Updates to close)
By Noel Randewich
Sept 27 (Reuters) - Consumer and technology stocks, including Amazon, led gains on Wall Street on Tuesday, while a perceived win by Democrat Hillary Clinton in Monday's first presidential debate gave broader support to equities.
The S&P 500 technology sector rallied 1.15 percent, powered by a 1.85 percent gain in Microsoft and a 1.08 percent rise in Facebook.
Amazon.com jumped 2.12 percent and the consumer discretionary index gained 0.99 percent after a report showed that the consumer confidence index for September rose to its highest level in nine years.
Following the first of three presidential debates on Monday, Republican candidate Donald Trump vowed to hit Clinton harder after she put him on the defensive. With six weeks until the Nov. 8 vote, some investors see the neck-and-neck contest sparking volatility in sectors including health insurers, drugmakers and industrials.
"From a market perspective, rightly or wrongly, there is an understanding that Mrs. Clinton would be a safe pair of hands, that there's very little uncertainty there," said Brad McMillan, chief investment officer for Commonwealth Financial in Waltham, Massachusetts. Continuación...