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Stocks make morning gains following tech rout earlier in the week


Stocks in the U.S. are higher Wednesday morning after two days of steep losses, and major European indexes are also recovering.

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Major technology companies including Apple and Microsoft are up after they’ve tumbled in the last few days. Crude oil prices are up about 2% after they sank to a one-year low a day earlier.

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Advertisement The S&P 500 index gained 20 points, or 0.8%, to 2,663 as of 10 a.m. Eastern time. It’s down 2.7% so far this week. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 151 points, or 0.6%, to 24,625. The Nasdaq composite index added 101 points, or 1.4%, to 7,008. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks picked up 15 points, or 1.1%, to 1,484

Trading was light. U.S. markets will be closed Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday, and will be open for a half-day on Friday

Technology companies recovered a sliver of their recent losses. Amazon rose 1.7% to $1,522 and Facebook picked up 1.9% to $135. Apple inched up 0.2% to $177.32

Apple‘s market value has dropped by about $250 billion since early October and Amazon has fallen by $245 billion since early September. The combined loss of around $495 billion for those two companies is greater than the value of all but five S&P 500 stocks

Retailer Foot Locker jumped 15% to $53 after its third-quarter profit and revenue surpassed Wall Street’s expectations. The company added that it expects strong sales over the holidays

Design software maker Autodesk climbed 10.2% to $135.60 after a strong quarterly report. The company also said it is buying construction software company PlanGrid for $875 million

Oil prices rebounded Wednesday as benchmark U.S. crude gained 2.3% to $54.66 a barrel in New York. It fell 6.6% on Tuesday. Brent crude, the international standard traded in London, advanced 1.7% to $63.58 a barrel

Crude prices have plunged since early October on worries of rising supplies and softening global growth

Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 3.07% from 3.04%

Utilities and other high-dividend stocks also declined. Those companies have done better than the rest of the market during turbulent trading in October and November, but when the market makes a broad rebound they usually get left behind

A global economic advisor cut its forecast for economic growth in 2019 and said the world economy faces growing risks, including from trade disputes and higher interest rates. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which advises many of the world’s richest economies, now expects the global economy to grow 3.5% instead of 3.7% next year. Concerns about slower growth in the global economy have contributed to the market’s recent losses

The dollar rose to 112.98 yen from 112.40 yen. The euro edged up to $1.1403 from $1.1399

Germany’s DAX and Britain’s FTSE 100 both rose 1%. The CAC 40 in France added 0.6%

Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 dropped 0.4% and the Kospi in South Korea was down 0.3%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index rose 0.5%


7:25 a.m.: This article was updated with the latest stock market results

This article was originally published at 6:50 a.m.