US STOCKS-Surge in crude drives gains on Wall Street
* Alcoa drops after revenue misses estimates
* Juniper Networks down after weak forecast
* Indexes up: Dow 0.59 pct, S&P 0.47 pct, Nasdaq 0.27 pct (Adds details, changes comment, updates prices)
By Abhiram Nandakumar
April 12 (Reuters) - Gains on Wall Street were driven by a surge in oil on Tuesday, even as Alcoa's lackluster results marked a shaky start to the U.S. corporate earnings season.
Crude rose about 2 percent, with Brent above $43 per barrel, on hopes that major producers would reach an agreement to curb a persistent global oversupply.
Alcoa shares were down 4.7 percent at $9.28.
Investors will focus on corporate earnings over the next several weeks, amid turbulent global markets and the uncertainty surrounding the U.S. Federal Reserve's plan to raise interest rates.
"It's really just a pause in front of the full thrust of the earnings season and two weeks in advance of a Fed meeting," said Bill Northey, chief investment officer of the private client group at U.S. Bank in Helena, Montana. Continuación...