* Oil prices rise on surprise drop in crude stockpiles
* Intel drags on indexes after disappointing forecast
* Morgan Stanley rounds off strong quarter for big banks
* Indexes up: Dow 0.42 pct, S&P 0.31 pct, Nasdaq 0.07 pct
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By Yashaswini Swamynathan
Oct 19 A rise in energy and financial stocks
pushed Wall Street higher on Wednesday, but a drop in consumer
staples and Intel limited gains, especially on the Nasdaq.
Intel tumbled nearly 6 percent and was the biggest
drag on all three indexes, after the chipmaker's disappointing
current-quarter revenue forecast. The Philadelphia SE
Semiconductor index dipped 0.8 percent.
Oil prices surged more than 2 percent after a report showed
an unexpected drop in U.S. crude stockpiles.
The energy sector jumped 1.64 percent, the most in
three weeks, also boosted by a 5.2 percent rise in Halliburton
following its surprise quarterly profit.
Morgan Stanley inched up 0.2 percent after its
results rounded off a strong quarter for big U.S. banks.
The financial sector has gained 1 percent since
Thursday, a day before the banks started reporting, while the
KBW bank index is up 2.1 percent.
Through Tuesday, earnings from S&P 500 companies had largely
beaten market expectations, putting them on track to post profit
growth for the first time in five quarters. Analysts now
estimate earnings increased 0.2 percent in the third quarter,
according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
"We would see the third quarter as the bottoming out of the
earnings recession that we have been experiencing for the last
year or so," said Tracy Maeter, global investment specialist,
J.P. Morgan Private Bank in Philadelphia. "But it's likely to be
a little bit noisy with a lot of dispersion across the sectors."
At 11:00 a.m. ET (1500 GMT), the Dow Jones Industrial
Average was up 76.12 points, or 0.42 percent, at
The S&P 500 was up 6.62 points, or 0.31 percent, at
2,146.22 and the Nasdaq Composite was up 3.83 points, or
0.07 percent, at 5,247.67.
Five of the 11 major S&P sectors were lower, with the
consumer staples' 0.6 percent drop the steepest.
The Federal Reserve is due to release its Beige Book at
about 2:00 p.m. ET, giving anecdotal commentary on the health of
the U.S. economy.
The third and final U.S. presidential debate between Donald
Trump and Hillary Clinton starts later in the evening. The stock
market had gained on both days after the previous two debates,
which were perceived to be won by Clinton.
"The noise in the marketplace around politics can drive
stocks in the short term, but in terms of the underlying
influence ... that's going to be driven more by the economy and
the profitability of companies," Maeter said.
Advancing issues outnumbered decliners on the NYSE by 1,949
to 861. On the Nasdaq, 1,420 issues rose and 1,100 fell.
The S&P 500 showed seven new 52-week highs and two new lows,
while the Nasdaq recorded 34 new highs and 37 new lows.
(Reporting by Yashaswini Swamynathan in Bengaluru; Editing by