U.S. stocks rose for a second day on Wednesday, as investors snapped up technology favourites and strong results for General Motors and a host of others lifted spirits at the end of a torrid month for global equities.
Shares of Facebook Inc jumped 2.7 per cent after the social media giant said margins would stop shrinking after 2019 as costs from scandals ease.
The S&P communication services index, which also houses Alphabet and Netflix, rose 2.03 per cent.
Amazon.com Inc and Apple Inc, other members of the FAANG group, also jumped 4.0 per cent and 2.6 per cent, respectively.
The high-flying group has powered U.S. stock market's decade-long bull run, but fears of rising borrowing costs, global trade dispute and a possible slowdown in U.S. corporate profits have pummeled the stocks recently.
"A lot of these high-growth names have really been in the bear market territory because of the slump this month, but the valuation correction is allowing some of the bulls to be opportunistic and to jump in at the right moment," said Ryan Nauman, market strategist at Informa Financial Intelligence in Zephyr Cove, Nevada.
Shares in General Motors Co jumped 7.5 per cent and were on track to post their biggest one-day gain since late May after the No.1 U.S. automaker posted robust quarterly results and forecast strong full-year earnings.
At 11:40 a.m. ET the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 320.21 points, or 1.29 per cent, at 25,194.85, the S&P 500 was up 37.72 points, or 1.41 per cent, at 2,720.35 and the Nasdaq Composite was up 149.01 points, or 2.08 per cent, at 7,310.66.
Although the S&P 500 is on track to post its first two-day gains for the month on Wednesday, it is still set for its worst monthly performance in more than seven years. The Nasdaq was on pace for its worst monthly loss since November 2008.
Defensive sectors were the only decliners, with the S&P consumer staples index falling 1.03 per cent, dragged down by losses in Kellogg Co.
Kellogg fell 7.5 per cent after cutting its full-year profit forecast due to higher advertising and distribution costs.
Among other gainers, Yum Brands Inc rose 4.0 per cent and Yum China Holdings Inc 14.4 per cent as strong KFC sales drove results.
Financial stocks also gained on the U.S. Federal Reserve's proposal to ease regulations for banks with less than $700 billion in assets. The S&P financial index rose 2.10 per cent, while the S&P 500 regional banks index jumped 3.17 per cent.
Advancing issues outnumbered decliners by a 2.24-to-1 ratio on the NYSE and by a 2.20-to-1 ratio on the Nasdaq.
The S&P index recorded seven new 52-week highs and four new lows, while the Nasdaq recorded 22 new highs and 62 new lows.
(With inputs from agencies.)