Wall Street ends higher on tech rally to snap three-day skid
By Chuck Mikolajczak NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes ended higher on Wednesday to snap a three-session losing skid as investors jumped back in to take advantage of the pullback in technology-related stocks, a day after the Nasdaq confirmed correction territory. Tesla Inc shares rebounded 10.92% after suffering their biggest one-day percentage drop in the prior session, while Apple Inc , Microsoft Corp and Amazon.com Inc - the top three U.S. public companies by market capitalization - each rose by at least 3%
By Chuck Mikolajczak
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes ended higher on Wednesday to snap a three-session losing skid as investors jumped back in to take advantage of the pullback in technology-related stocks, a day after the Nasdaq confirmed correction territory.
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"It’s certainly a massive, surprising rebound," said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at Cresset Capital Management in Chicago.
"On one level it looks speculative but on another it is almost defensive because we know these companies will survive no matter what COVID throws at us."
Analysts also said the Nasdaq's ability to hold its 50-day moving average, a technical support level, was key in reversing the market's direction.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average <.DJI> rose 439.58 points, or 1.6%, to close at 27,940.47, the S&P 500 <.SPX> gained 67.12 points, or 2.01%, to 3,398.96 and the Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> added 293.87 points, or 2.71%, to 11,141.56.
The percentage gains marked the best one-day performance for the S&P since June 5, the Nasdaq since April 29 and the Dow since July 14.
U.S. stocks have become susceptible to volatility as market leadership has narrowed during the year to a handful of heavyweight tech-related stocks as traders bid up their shares in a rally that triggered a Nasdaq-led rebound for Wall Street from its pandemic lows in March.
The recent pullback has also been driven by worries that sellers of call options would unwind massive amounts of stocks they bought as hedges during the rally.
Media reports last week said SoftBank Group Corp <9984.T> has made big bets on equity derivatives tied to tech firms.
In a sign of growing unease about the positioning in tech stocks, skew, a measure of demand for protective put options in relation to call options, has risen sharply.
Market volatility is expected to further increase in the run-up to the U.S. presidential election, with September and October also historically turbulent months of the year.
In a reversal from the prior three sessions, growth stocks <.IGX> jumped 2.59% to outperform the 1.13% climb in value stocks <.IVX>.
Market participants were watching for signs of a widening in market breadth, supported by improving economic data.
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Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 2.98-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 2.27-to-1 ratio favored advancers.
The S&P 500 posted 3 new 52-week highs and 2 new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 31 new highs and 25 new lows.
About 8.91 billion shares changed hands in U.S. exchanges, compared with the 9.21 billion daily average over the last 20 sessions.
(Reporting by Chuck Mikolajczak in New York; Editing by Matthew Lewis)
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