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US: Stocks bounce after big IBM acquisition
[NEW YORK] US stocks rose early Monday, bouncing from multi-month lows following a big IBM acquisition and reports that China is weighing a tax cut on car purchases.
About 12 minutes into trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.8 per cent at 24,875.68.
The broad-based S&P 500 and tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index both rose 1.2 per cent, with the former at 2,681.01 and the latter at 7,250.97.
Some analysts attributed the gains to bargain-hunting as a bruising month for Wall Street nears its conclusion. The S&P 500 was down 8.7 per cent for the month through Friday due to a broad-based selloff on worries over slowing earnings growth, higher interest rates and rising geopolitical tensions.
"There is a bid in the stock market this morning that has been aided by the belief the market is due for a meaningful bounce from short-term oversold conditions," said Briefing.com analyst Patrick O'Hare.
Sentiment was also lifted by reports that China is weighing a tax cut on car purchases, lifting Ford by 5.8 per cent and General Motors 4.5 per cent.
Analysts also cited IBM's plan to buy open source software company Rad Hat for $34 billion as lifting investor optimism. Red Hat surged 48.8 per cent, while Dow member IBM shed 2.8 per cent.
This week's calendar includes reports from Apple, Facebook and Exxon Mobil, as well key US economic reports such as the October US jobs report.
The Commerce Department also reported Monday that inflation pressures remained tame in September, something investors were likely to welcome as it would not add to pressure on the central bank to raise interest rates.