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The markets advanced on Wednesday after a Syria-fueled rout as traders scooped up stocks at a discount a mulled a hodgepodge of data.
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According to preliminary calculations, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 56.9 points, or 0.38%, to 14831, the S&P 500 gained 5.3 points, or 0.31%, to 1635 and the Nasdaq Composite advanced 14.7 points, or 0.41% to 3593.
The broad S&P 500 took the worst beating since June on Tuesday as worries swelled over Syria. While U.S. equities were stable in early trade, the concerns could be seen in oil markets.
The benchmark U.S. crude contract jumped $1.30, or 1.3%, to $110.42 a barrel. Wholesale New York Harbor gasoline rallied 1.2% to $3.07 a gallon. In metals, gold rose $4.10, or 0.29%, to $1,424 a troy ounce.
On the economic front, the National Association of Realtors said pending home sales in July fell 1.3%, much steeper than the 0.5% drop economists expected. Signed contracts to buy previously-owned homes were still up 6.7% from the year prior.The metric is seen as a leading indicator since it gauges sales before they are officially on the books.
Elsewhere, regulators were preparing to fine J.P. Morgan Chase (NYSE:JPM) $80 million for dealings with retail customers, according to a report by The New York Times.
The Euro Stoxx 50 dipped 0.65% to 2731, the English FTSE 100 fell 0.55% to 6405 and the German DAX dropped 1.4% to 8125.
In Asia, the Japanese Nikkei 225 sold off by 1.5% to 13338 and the Chinese Hang Seng plummeted 1.6% to 21525.