US STOCKS-Wall Street gets boost from crude oil recovery
* Brent crude up above $40 per barrel
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* Indexes up: Dow 0.19 pct, S&P 0.42 pct, Nasdaq 0.48 pct (Updates prices)
By Abhiram Nandakumar
March 9 (Reuters) - Wall Street was higher on Wednesday afternoon as a strong recovery in oil prices pushed energy shares higher.
Brent crude extended gains above $40 a barrel, after U.S. crude stockpiles rose in line with estimates last week and gasoline inventories fell more than expected.
Crude oil has rallied in recent weeks, but industry watchers remained skeptical of a sustained recovery in prices as the markets are dealing with a massive oversupply.
The rise in oil prices helped European shares bounce back on Wednesday, even as investors fretted about global economic conditions ahead of central bank meetings on monetary policies. Continuación...