US STOCKS-Wall Street surges in another volatile session

Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:29am EDT

* Europe rebounds on upcoming Sarkozy-Merkel meeting

* Jobless claims lower than expected in latest week

* Cisco, News Corp rise after results, help Nasdaq

* Indexes up: Dow 1.8 pct, S&P 2.1 pct, Nasdaq 2.3 pct

* For up-to-the-minute market news see [STXNEWS/US] (Updates to open)

By Ryan Vlastelica

NEW YORK, Aug 11 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks advanced more than 2 percent on Thursday in another volatile session as upbeat results from Cisco and a better-than-expected labor market report offset renewed concerns about the euro zone banking system.

On Wednesday, all three major indexes tumbled more than 4 percent on fears over the French banking system's exposure to troubled euro zone sovereign debt and the possible effects on U.S. banks. The Dow has swung in a range of more than 400 points for five straight days, underscoring the volatility.

European shares cut losses, rising 0.4 percent in choppy trade on Thursday after French President Nicolas Sarkozy's office said he was to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss euro zone issues. [.EU] For details, see [ID:nP6E7J5015]

"We're being driven by the news flow out of Europe, and until we get clarity, it's hard to get much traction. At the same time, we're also very oversold," said Art Hogan, managing director of Lazard Capital Markets in Boston.

"When we hear of steps being taken to address the situation, the market catches a bit of a bid, but then another news story will come out and we sell off. Volatility is really the word of the week."

The Dow Jones industrial average .DJI jumped 191.63 points, or 1.79 percent, at 10,911.57. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index .SPX was up 22.99 points, or 2.05 percent, at 1,143.75. The Nasdaq Composite Index .IXIC added 54.52 points, or 2.29 percent, at 2,435.57.

The latest U.S. economic data offered some relief as the government reported that weekly initial jobless claims fell to their lowest level since April. [ID:nN1E77A099]

The Nasdaq climbed on strength in Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO.O), which advanced 16.5 percent to $16 a day after it report quarterly revenue and profits that topped scaled-back expectations. The S&P information technology sector .GSPT climbed 2.4 percent. [ID:nN1E7790WE]

News Corp (NWSA.O) rose 14.2 percent to $15.65 after it posted higher operating profit and revenues. [ID:nN1E7791MP]

Kohl's Corp (KSS.N) gained 5.7 percent to $46.91 after the department store chain's quarterly earnings beat estimates and it raised its full-year profit view. [ID:nN1E76H1E1]

Sara Lee Corp SLE.N reported a drop in its fourth-quarter profit, and the stock sank 3.8 percent to $16.65. [ID:nN1E77A03Y]

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