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US: Stocks rally after 5 straight losses on China woes

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 22:07
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US stocks rose, following their biggest gains since 2011, amid a relief rally throughout global markets and as data showed the economy grew more than previously estimated.

[NEW YORK] US stocks surged in opening trade Tuesday, joining European equities in rallying after a five-day streak of losses left US indices in correction territory.

About 15 minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average stood at 16,173.33, up 301.98 points (1.90 percent).

The broad-based S&P 500 gained 38.58 (2.04 percent) to 1,931.79, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index jumped 108.71 (2.40 percent) to 4,634.95.

All 30 members of the Dow were in positive territory, with especially strong gains for Apple (+5.1 percent), JPMorgan Chase (+3.8 percent) and Procter & Gamble (+2.9 percent).

If Tuesday's early gains hold, US stocks will end a five-day skid sparked by worries over a plunging Chinese stock market and the risk that the Chinese economy is weaker than thought. On Monday, the Dow fell more than 1,000 points, or six percent, before recovering some of those losses.

On Tuesday, the dollar also gained against other currencies and oil prices rose.

"Today is opposite day for the most part," said Patrick O'Hare, analyst at Briefing.com.

"Outside of another massive sell-off in China's Shanghai Composite (-7.6 percent) and Japan's Nikkei (-4.0 percent), equity markets around the globe are in rally mode, crude oil prices have popped ... the dollar has regained some swagger, and Treasuries are being sold in a somewhat earnest fashion."

AFP