Stocks extended gains and the Nasdaq trimmed losses on Wednesday as financial shares gained a day before the release of stress test results while energy shares rose in sync with oil prices' 4 percent jump.
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The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> rose 51.85 points, or 0.62 percent, to 8,462.50. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> added 8.93 points, or 0.99 percent, to 912.73. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> was off 2.89 points, or 0.16 percent, to 1,751.23.
(Reporting by Leah Schnurr; Editing by Jan Paschal)