The Dow Jones Industrial Average surged 176 points, or 1.6%, at 11315 in morning trading. The Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index advanced 21 points, or 1.8%, to 1186, while the Nasdaq Composite ran up 45 points, or 1.8%, to 2519.
Leading the gainers were financial stocks, with shares of Bank of America rallying 4.4% after the nation’s biggest bank shook up its management team. The Charlotte, N.C. bank ousted the heads of its wealth-management and consumer-banking units, Sallie Krawcheck and Joe Price, and installed David Darnell andThomas Montag as co-chief operating officers.
Technology stocks also fared well, with Yahoo getting a 5.1% lift after the company said Carol Bartz had been removed as chief executive. It named Chief Financial Officer Tim Morse as the interim CEO.
The Dow is looking to snap a three-day decline that has sent the major indexes down by 4% or more. On Tuesday, the Dow fell more than 300 points in early trading before paring losses to end down 101 points.
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