U.S. stocks roar back from bear brink; crude rises

AFTER NEARLY A WEEK of collapsing stock prices, investors were cheered by a significant gain in U.S. equity markets partway through Wednesday trading. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL NAGLE
AFTER NEARLY A WEEK of collapsing stock prices, investors were cheered by a significant gain in U.S. equity markets partway through Wednesday trading. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL NAGLE
NEW YORK – U.S. stock markets remained volatile, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 index staging a furious rally a day after dropping to the brink of a bear market. The benchmark for American equities powered to its first advance in five days, driven by Amazon.com’s 5 percent rally on record holiday sales. President Donald Trump…

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