29 de enero de 2016 / 16:37 / en 2 años

US STOCKS-Wall St up as weak GDP spurs hope of slower rate hikes

* Q4 U.S. GDP misses estimate

* Amazon sinks after profit misses expectations

* Xerox up after deal with Icahn to split into two

* Indexes up: Dow 1.34 pct, S&P 1.18 pct, Nasdaq 1.13 pct (Adds details, changes comment, updates prices)

By Abhiram Nandakumar

Jan 29 (Reuters) - Wall Street was higher on Friday after weak GDP data raised expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve would go slow on future interest rate hikes.

The market was also supported by the Bank of Japan’s surprise move to lower a key interest rate below zero.

Intervention by central banks has become key to supporting turbulent markets, roiled by slowing global economic growth.

While the Fed has not ruled out another rate hike in March, the current turmoil and weak data could force it to wait until June.

U.S. gross domestic product rose 0.7 percent in the fourth quarter, below the 0.8 percent expected, as a strong dollar and tepid global demand hurt exports.

“The news out of Japan has given some help to the market, but there’s really no particular news that should make us go higher other than, obviously, the GDP data coming in very weak,” said Mohannad Aama, managing director, Beam Capital Management in New York.

Investors are still reeling from one of the worst starts to a year as oil prices remain under pressure and fears of a China-led global slowdown grow.

U.S. stocks have failed to sustain several rallies in 2016 and are yet to post gains for three days in a row. The S&P 500 has shed 7.4 percent this year through Thursday’s close.

The S&P and the Dow were set to close January with their worst performance since 2010, while the Nasdaq was on track for its worst month since 2008.

At 11:05 a.m. ET (1605 GMT), the Dow Jones industrial average was up 215.52 points, or 1.34 percent, at 16,285.16, the S&P 500 was up 22.31 points, or 1.18 percent, at 1,915.67 and the Nasdaq Composite index was up 50.98 points, or 1.13 percent, at 4,557.65.

Crude prices held steady above $34 per barrel on Friday on hopes that top producers may agree to cut production.

All ten major S&P sectors were higher, led by the 2.28 percent increase in tech stocks.

Microsoft was up 4.9 percent at $54.60 on the software giant’s better-than-expected results. The stock was the biggest influence on all three indexes.

Chevron’s shares were down 1.6 percent at $84.55, after the oil major reported its first quarterly loss in more than 13 years.

Amazon was down 8.8 percent at $580.40, after the company’s quarterly profit fell way below expectations.

Xerox was up 5.4 percent to $9.72, after announcing a deal with Carl Icahn to split the company into two.

Abbvie was down 3.4 percent at $53.97 after the drugmaker reported lower-than-expected revenue.

Advancing issues outnumbered decliners on the NYSE by 2,563 to 387. On the Nasdaq, 2,090 issues rose and 507 fell.

The S&P 500 index showed nine new 52-week highs and seven new lows, while the Nasdaq recorded 18 new highs and 52 lows. (Reporting by Abhiram Nandakumar in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D‘Silva)

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