US STOCKS-Wall St surges on lower rate-hike fears, Apple ascends

jueves 15 de septiembre de 2016 16:29 GYT

* Apple, suppliers gain as iPhone 7 Plus sells out

* Retail sales, industrial output fall more than expected

* Energy stocks gain as oil prices jump

* Indexes up: Dow 0.99 pct, S&P 1.01 pct, Nasdaq 1.47 pct (Updates to close, adds detail on Oracle)

By Noel Randewich

Sept 15 (Reuters) - Wall Street rallied 1 percent on Thursday, buoyed by Apple's best four-day run since 2014, higher oil prices and ho-hum economic data that further dimmed expectations for an interest rate hike next week.

Apple rose as much as 3.4 percent, giving the three major indexes their biggest boost, on news the first quantities of its iPhone 7 Plus were sold out globally.

Data showed retail sales and industrial activity fell more than expected in August. Other reports, showing a slowdown in job growth and a slump in manufacturing activity for the month, further eased expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise rates at its meeting next week.

"These things are not pointing to the need for the Fed to raise interest rates in September. That's one of the reasons you're seeing a relief rally today," said Jamie Cox, managing partner at Harris Financial Group in Richmond, Virginia.   Continuación...