NEW YORK: US stocks joined a global rally, trimming the first quarterly decline since September for the Standard & Poor's 500 Index, after European leaders reached an agreement that alleviated concern banks will fail.
Bank of America Corp and Citigroup Inc rallied at least 4.1%, following a surge in European lenders.
Alcoa Inc and Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc added more than 2.5% as commodities jumped amid a US dollar slump.
Nike Inc, the largest sporting-goods company, tumbled 11 after profit unexpectedly declined for the first time since 2009.
The S&P 500 rose 1.9% to 1,354.63 at 10:25 a.m. New York time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 218.84 points or 1.7% to 12,821.10.
Trading in S&P 500 companies was up 21% from the 30-day average at this time of day.
Global stocks gained as European leaders agreed to relax conditions on emergency loans for Spanish banks and possible help for Italy as an outflanked German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave in on expanded steps to stem the debt crisis. (Bloomberg/T06/ra)