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Stocks surge as Dow jumps more than 200 points

Stocks surge as Dow jumps more than 200 points

Stocks jumped in afternoon trading Thursday as Wall Street tries to halt a two-day trading slide and return the major indexes back into the black for 2015. The Dow Jones industrial average was up more than 200 points, or 1.2% and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index jumped 1%. The Nasdaq composite index gained 0.7%. If the gains hold, the Dow and S&P will be positive for the year.2013-11-04T131020Z_8_CBRE99U0VX000_RTROPTP_3_MARKETS-STOCKS_original

The rally got a boost from bank stocks after the Federal Reserve said 29 of the 31 top U.S. lenders passed stress tests and banks responded with a flood of stock buybacks and dividend increases. Among the biggest bank gainers: Morgan Stanley was up 5%, Citigroup shares jumped 2.8% and JPMorgan Chase was up 1.4%.

Bucking the trend was Dow component Intel, which fell 4% after the tech company cut its first-quarter forecast. The lower outlook was due to softer-than-expected demand. The recent downturn in stocks was sparked by rising fears the Federal Reserve will begin raising interest rates as soon as June, a surging dollar and sinking oil prices. Investors will be watching for clues from a Fed policymakers meeting next week about the possible timing of a rate hike.

Benchmark U.S.crude oil tumbled 2.5% to $47.01 a barrel Thursday and the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.09% from 2.11% the day before. Overseas, European markets were mixed as Britain’s FTSE index gained 0.6% and Germany’s DAX slipped 0.1%. Asian stocks rallied. Japan’s Nikkei 225 stock index added 1.4% and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 0.3%.


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