By Sruthi Shankar
(Reuters) - U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday, aiming for a fourth day of gains, led by technology and other trade-sensitive sectors following signs of progress in trade talks between the United States and China. Hopes of a deal between the world's two largest economies that could avert an escalation of ongoing trade tensions, plus strong data on the U.S. job market and indications the Federal Reserve now appears to be in no rush to lift interest rates further, have helped the S&P 500 <.SPX> climb more than 10 percent from the 20-month low it hit around Christmas.
The U.S. Trade Representative's office said China pledged to purchase "a substantial amount" of agricultural, energy and manufactured goods and services from the United States, after talks ended in Beijing but gave no specific details.
"Not that we've got a concrete resolution, but the headlines seem to indicate the talks went well and perhaps the two sides are putting together a draft statement, which would be positive," said Mona Mahajan, U.S. investment strategist, Allianz Global Investors in New York.
Apple rose 2.1 percent, springing back from a slump last week after the company cut its holiday quarter sales estimate.
The gains came despite a Nikkei report on planned production cut for new iPhone models for the January-March quarter and a cut in earnings estimate by supplier Skyworks Solutions Inc
Chip stocks <.SOX> gained 2.80 percent, a reversal from Tuesday's drop triggered by Samsung's profit warning, led by Micron Technology's
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At 1:01 p.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average <.DJI> was up 176.18 points, or 0.74 percent, at 23,963.63. The S&P 500 <.SPX> was up 19.11 points, or 0.74 percent, at 2,593.52 and the Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> was up 76.85 points, or 1.11 percent, at 6,973.84.
Financial stocks <.SPSY> were up 0.81 percent ahead of the release of Fed's minutes from its December meeting.
In remarks that further eased market concerns over the Fed's rate hike path, some of the central bank officials, including three voting members on its rate-setting committee, said they would be cautious about any further increases.
"Some of the sharp moves in the market were driven by the fact that Fed tightening is starting to have an impact on economic growth and financial conditions."
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Advancing issues outnumbered decliners by a 2.34-to-1 ratio on the NYSE and by a 1.94-to-1 ratio on the Nasdaq.
The S&P index recorded no new 52-week highs and one new low, while the Nasdaq recorded 22 new highs and 5 new lows.
(Reporting by Sruthi Shankar in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)
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