US STOCKS-Wall St higher on financials; Brent slides
* Disney wipes out earlier gains
* Microsoft provides biggest boost to S&P 500, Nasdaq
* Goldman biggest influence on Dow
* Indexes up: Dow 0.50 pct, S&P 0.61 pct, Nasdaq 0.68 pct (Adds details, updates prices)
By Abhiram Nandakumar
Dec 21 (Reuters) - Financial stocks led a cheerful start to the Christmas holiday week for the U.S. stock markets, rebounding from two days of losses, with investors taking in stride a slide in crude prices.
Trading volumes are expected to be relatively light this week, with stock markets operating a shortened session on Thursday and closing on Friday for Christmas.
U.S. stock indexes slumped on Thursday and Friday as weak crude prices dampened the optimism sparked by the first Federal Reserve interest rate hike in nearly a decade.
Oil prices have been sliding under continued pressure from global oversupply and tepid demand. Continuación...