US STOCKS-Wall St rebounds after Chinese stocks stem slide
* Weekly jobless claims highest since February
* Chinese regulator restricts sale of shares
* Coty falls after agreeing to buy P&G's beauty business
* Indexes up: Dow 0.66 pct, S&P 0.66 pct, Nasdaq 0.9 pct (Updates to early afternoon)
By Tanya Agrawal
July 9 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were higher in early afternoon on Thursday as Beijing's efforts to halt a rout in Chinese stocks lifted markets around the world.
U.S. stocks had fallen sharply on Wednesday as market turmoil in China, a rout in commodity prices, the Greek crisis and a major outage on the New York Stock Exchange spooked investors.
While the NYSE resumed operations late in the trading day on Wednesday, all eyes were on the exchange to see if its systems would withstand heavy opening trade volumes.
"NYSE open for trading, business as usual," the exchange tweeted shortly after the opening bell. Continuación...