U.S. stocks bounced back from an early slide Thursday, recouping some ground a day after their worst drop since September. Energy stocks led the rally as the price of crude oil climbed more than 2 percent. Exxon Mobil and Chevron jumped 4 percent, by far the largest gains in the Dow Jones industrial average. Investors also had their eye on the latest company earnings and outlooks.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 225 points, or 1.4 percent, to 16,376 as of 3:54 p.m. ET. The Standard & Poor's 500 index gained 31 points, or 1.7 percent, to 1,922. The Nasdaq composite added 91 points, or 2 percent, to 4,617.
The market is coming off a broad downturn on Wednesday that sent the S&P 500 index into what's known as a correction, or a drop of 10 percent or more from its peak. The slump through the first eight trading days of 2016 represents the worst start to a year in the history of both the S&P 500 and the Dow. The turbulent run reflects mounting worries on Wall Street about the slowdown in China, plunging oil prices and the implications for U.S. corporations.
The 10 sectors in the S&P 500 index rose, with energy notching the biggest gain, 3.3 percent. Williams Cos. led the gainers, adding $1.76, or 12.9 percent, to $15.41.
JPMorgan Chase rose 2.4 percent after the bank reported earnings that were better than analysts expected. The stock added $1.40 to $58.74.
Best Buy slid 8.2 percent after the electronics store operator reported a drop in sales during the holiday season. The company also said it expects a wider drop in fourth-quarter revenue, partly on weak mobile phone and personal device sales. The stock was the biggest decliner in the S&P 500 index. It shed $2.39 to $26.88.
GoPro slumped 16.1 percent a day after the wearable camera maker disclosed plans to eliminate about 100 jobs. The move comes after the company's fourth-quarter sales fell far short of its expectations. GoPro lost $2.36 to $12.25.
A day after U.S. crude oil briefly fell below $30 a barrel for the first time since late 2003, it was up 96 cents, or 3.1 percent, to $31.43 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils, was up 54 cents, or 1.8 percent, to $30.82 a barrel in London.
In Europe, Germany's DAX dropped 2.3 percent and France's CAC 40 slid 2.3 percent. The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was 1.3 percent lower. In Asia, Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 dived 2.7 percent, South Korea's Kospi fell 0.9 percent and Hong Kong's Hang Seng lost 0.6 percent. The Shanghai Composite rebounded nearly 2.0 percent.
Bond prices were little changed. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note held steady at 2.09 percent. The euro rose to $1.0843 from $1.0876, while the dollar rose to 118.13 yen from 117.78 yen.