US markets rebound a day after big plunge

China remains in focus across financial markets. Asian stocks recovered from sharp losses in volatile trading Wednesday as investor sentiment improved amid reports of renewed Chinese government efforts to bolster share prices.

U.S. stocks rebounded Wednesday, recovering a significant portion of their losses from the day earlier. Investors remain on edge after the latest market plunge, which was triggered by more signs of slowing growth in China.

The market still has a lot of ground to make up following last week’s major declines.

The Dow Jones industrial average added 293.03, or 1.8 percent, to 16,351.38, after tumbling more than 470 the day before.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 rose 35.01, or 1.8 percent, to 1,948.86.

The Nasdaq composite rose 113.87, or 2.5 percent, 4,749.98.

The market has been bouncing around sharply the last few weeks following signs of weakness in China and uncertainty over when the Federal Reserve will begin raising interest rates. Triple-digit moves in the Dow have been an almost daily occurrence in the past month.

“Investors should expect more volatility,” said Mark Luschini, chief investment strategist for Janney Montgomery Scott. “The market needs to work through this correction, and that could take weeks, or maybe months.”

While China remains a dominant force in traders’ minds, investors are now turning their attentions toward the U.S.

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A private survey showed that U.S. businesses added jobs at a steady pace last month, with construction and manufacturing showing solid gains. The payroll processor ADP said businesses added 190,000 jobs last month, up from 177,000 in July, but below a six-month high set in June of 231,000.

The ADP report comes two days before Friday’s August jobs report. Economists are forecasting that U.S. employers created 220,000 jobs in August, and that the unemployment rate fell to 5.2 percent.

It will be the last jobs report Federal Reserve policymakers have before their next policy meeting later this month. Some economists expect the Fed to raise interest rates for the first time in close to a decade after the meeting.

Tax preparation company H&R Block was the biggest gainer in the S&P 500 Wednesday. It climbed $2.47, or 7.5 percent, to $35.42, after reporting a smaller-than-expected loss and announced a $3.5 billion stock buyback program.

China remains in focus across financial markets. The Shanghai composite index opened more than 4 percent lower, but turned positive by midday and eventually ended the day down just 0.2 percent. The volatile trading led some analysts to suspect Beijing was intervening to support share prices before a two-day holiday.