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US: Stocks rebound from prior session selloff

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[NEW YORK] Wall Street stocks jumped on Wednesday as investors took a more optimistic stance on the Italian political crisis that sent them fleeing in the prior session.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.3 per cent to close the day at 24,667.78.

The broad-based S&P 500 also advanced 1.3 per cent to 2,724.01, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index rose 0.9 per cent to 7,462.45.

The crisis in Italy continued to hover, with anti-establishment leader Luigi Di Maio seeking to resurrect a populist coalition that collapsed at the weekend by offering the president a compromise over a controversial pick for economy minister.

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In any case, investors adopted a more benign view of the situation, bidding up bank shares that tumbled in Tuesday's session on what-ifs that included a eurozone implosion or widespread defaults.

"Yesterday was a bit overdone," said Nathan Thooft of Manulife Asset Management.

"The reality is that the Italian political dynamics aren't going to be solved any time soon," he said. "The market today is realising we don't really know what the outcomes are going to be but we are not going to bet on the worst-case scenario."

US economic data was fairly positive if not stellar: the government estimated first-quarter growth at 2.2 per cent, a bit below the prior estimate.

And the private sector added 178,000 jobs in May, a bit below expectations in a report that comes ahead of the more closely-watched US jobs report on Friday.

A Federal Reserve "beige book" report described US firms as largely upbeat despite trade uncertainties and growing labour shortages.

AFP