Wall Street ends up on tech, energy boost

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US stocks have ended higher along with Apple and other technology shares while Target Corp's disappointing margin forecast weighed on retail stocks for much of the day.

Energy shares also climbed with higher oil prices.

Gains in Apple Inc shares came despite news earlier in the day that the company must change the connector on iPhones sold in Europe by 2024 after European Union countries and politicians agreed to a single charging port for mobile phones, tablets and cameras.

The S&P 500 technology index was also higher.

At the same time, shares of Target Corp fell after the retailer said it would have to offer deeper discounts and cut back on stocking discretionary items.

Equity trading was choppy, with indexes down early in the day, but the market has been recovering from recent steep losses.

Recently, "we've had a nice bounce... and in general investors are feeling better right now. But we are very much in a seesaw market as we've seen all year," said Tim Ghriskey, senior portfolio strategist at Ingalls & Snyder in New York.

"At some point, we will put in a bottom and the market will move higher. We have a hard time believing that's any time soon, given a number of fundamental issues overhanging the market," he said.

"Certainly what we've seen today from Target isn't good news in terms of the consumer."

The S&P 500 gained 38.72 points, or 0.93 per cent, to end at 4,159.85 points, while the Nasdaq Composite gained 110.92 points, or 0.92 per cent, to 12,172.29 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 262.86 points, or 0.80 per cent, to 33,178.64.

Some market-watchers have also noted that while clearing inventories would be negative for these companies in the near term, it could eventually help to dampen inflation.

The US consumer price index (CPI) report due on Friday is expected to show inflation remained elevated in May, though core consumer prices, which exclude the volatile food and energy sectors, likely ticked down on an annual basis.

A hot reading on the CPI could bolster expectations that the US central bank will continue to aggressively hike rates in the second half of the year.

Money markets are expecting a 50-basis points rate increase next week, followed by July and possibly in September.

Among the day's gainers, Kohl's Corp shares jumped after news the department store chain entered exclusive talks with retail store operator Franchise Group Inc over a potential sale that would value it at nearly $US8 billion ($A11 billion).

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