US stock market steadies itself after worst week since 2012

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U.S. stocks are stabilizing after their worst week in more than two years.

The Dow Jones industrial average edged up one point to 16,546 in early trading Monday.

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The Standard & Poor's 500 index also rose a point to 1,907. The Nasdaq composite rose seven points to 4,284.

European stock markets also rose. China released trade figures Monday that showed a pickup in export growth and imports last month.

U.S. stocks swung wildly last week and ended lower because of renewed fears of a slowdown in European economies. The S&P 500 fell 3.1 percent, its worst weekly performance since a 4.3 percent decline in May 2012.

J.C. Penney rose 5 percent Monday after it named a Home Depot executive as its next CEO.