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U.S. Stocks Climb as Beaten-Down Banks, Retailer Shares Rally

Citigroup Inc. and U.S. Bancorp climbed more than up 2.7 percent. Retailers, one of last week’s bright spots, added to their longest rally in three months with Amazon.com Inc. and Home Depot Inc. rising at least 2.6 percent. ADT Corp. soared 48 percent afteragreeing to be acquired by Apollo Global Management LLC for about $6.9 billion. Community Health Systems Inc. plunged 22 percent after reporting an unexpected quarterly loss.

The S&P 500 increased 1.7 percent to 1,895.58 at 4 p.m. in New York, bringing the gauge’s climb since Thursday’s close to 3.6 percent. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 222.57 points, or 1.4 percent, to 16,196.41. The index has risen 536 points in two sessions, after losing more than 750 in the prior five days. The Nasdaq Composite Index added 2.3 percent, the most in two weeks. About 8.6 billion shares traded hands on U.S. exchanges, 6.3 percent above the three-month average.

“What we’re seeing here are the U.S. markets trying to catch up with the rally that the rest of the world saw yesterday,” said Peter Jankovskis, who helps oversee $1.9 billion as co-chief investment officer of Lisle, Illinois-based OakBrook Investments. “Oil is still important, but I think the larger focus has now switched to financial stocks. People turned their focus on the impact of negative rates spreading around the world, and the impact that might have on banks’ profits.”

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