US STOCKS-Wall St up as energy stocks gain from oil price rally

miércoles 17 de febrero de 2016 14:07 GYT

* Oil prices up more than 6 pct

* Kinder Morgan up after Berkshire reports stake

* Fossil, Priceline up after results beat estimates

* Indexes up: Dow 1.66 pct, S&P 1.51 pct, Nasdaq 2.11 pct (Updates to early afternoon)

By Abhiram Nandakumar

Feb 17 (Reuters) - Wall Street was on track for a third straight day of gains on Wednesday after a surge in oil prices fired up energy stocks.

The S&P energy sector jumped 3.24 percent, leading the nine gainers among the 10 major sectors.

The benchmark S&P 500 index staged its best two-day gain since late August as investors picked up beaten-down shares.

Still, the index is down 7.3 percent this year due to slumping oil prices, fears of a China-led slowdown in global growth and uncertainty about central bank policies.   Continuación...