March 11, 2019 / 7:20 PM / 3 months ago

US STOCKS-Wall St climbs with tech; Boeing off day's lows

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* Apple rises after brokerage upgrades to "buy"

* Nvidia rises on $6.8 bln deal to buy Mellanox

* Boeing falls after second 737 MAX crash

* Indexes rise: Dow 0.6 pct, S&P 500 1.3 pct, Nasdaq 1.8 pct (Updates to late afternoon)

By Caroline Valetkevitch

NEW YORK, March 11 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks jumped on Monday after five straight sessions of declines, led by gains in technology shares, but a fall in the shares of the world's largest planemaker after a fatal crash in Ethiopia limited gains on the Dow.

Boeing Co, the best-performing Dow component this year by a wide margin, was down 6.4 percent at $395.67 after many airlines grounded the company's new 737 MAX 8 passenger jet after a second deadly crash in just five months.

But the stock was well off its lows of the day, and that helped the market to march even higher in afternoon trading. The industrial sector reversed early losses to climb 0.5 percent.

"After the weakness in the markets last week, things have gotten a little bit oversold," said Michael James, managing director of equity trading at Wedbush Securities in Los Angeles.

The day's move is especially impressive given the decline in Boeing. "It's a very strong sign of overall market strength," James said.

All the major S&P sectors were trading higher, led by gains in the technology sector, which was up about 2 percent. Chipmaker Nvidia Corp jumped after entering a $6.8 billion deal to buy Mellanox Technologies Ltd. The Israeli chip designer also rose.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 146.35 points, or 0.58 percent, to 25,596.59, the S&P 500 gained 35.87 points, or 1.31 percent, to 2,778.94 and the Nasdaq Composite added 136.63 points, or 1.84 percent, to 7,544.78.

Apple Inc rose 3.3 percent after Bank of America Merrill Lynch upgraded the iPhone maker's shares to "buy".

Recent economic data showed U.S. retail sales rose unexpectedly in January, some welcome news for the economy after a raft of weak December data as well as a sharp moderation in the pace of job growth in February.

The S&P 500 fell 2.2 percent last week, its biggest decline since end-2018, as the tepid U.S. jobs growth report added to fears of a slowing global economy.

In Washington, President Donald Trump told Congress to slash funding for foreign aid and the State Department and increase spending for the military and the wall he wants to build on the U.S.-Mexico border in his 2020 budget, the opening move in his next funding fight with Congress.

Defense companies General Dynamics Corp, United Technologies Corp and Textron Inc rose on the news.

Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 3.49-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 2.97-to-1 ratio favored advancers.

The S&P 500 posted 23 new 52-week highs and 2 new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 56 new highs and 33 new lows. (Additional reporting by Amy Caren Daniel and Medha Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta and Chizu Nomiyama)

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