U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday as investors searched for bargains a day after shares fell to a 10-week low, while the start of quarterly earnings season was in focus.

* With traders keen for signs of what an economic recovery could look like, the International Monetary Fund said the global economy is starting to pull out of recession, but the recovery will be sluggish.

* The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> rose 15.79 points, or 0.19 percent, to 8,179.39. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> added 2.71 points, or 0.31 percent, to 883.74. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> gained 8.19 points, or 0.47 percent, to 1,754.36.

(Reporting by Leah Schnurr; editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)