U.S. stocks ended slightly higher on Tuesday, lifting the Dow Jones industrial average up 72 points a day after it suffered its biggest loss in more than seven months.
The mini-rebound, fueled by bargain-hunting investors, seemed fragile at times, with the market giving up some of its earlier gains by late afternoon.
Markets were coming off a 326-point drop in the Dow on Monday prompted by disappointing news about U.S. manufacturing.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 72.44 points, or 0.5 percent, to 15,445.24.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index climbed 13.31 points, or 0.8 percent, to close at 1,755.20.
The Nasdaq composite gained 34.56 points, or 0.9 percent, to 4,031.52.
For the week so far:
The Dow is down 253.61 points, or 1.6 percent.
The S&P 500 is down 27.39 points, or 1.5 percent.
The Nasdaq is down 72.36 points, or 1.8 percent.
For the year so far:
The Dow is down 1,131.42 points, or 6.8 percent.
The S&P 500 is down 93.16 points, or 5.0 percent.
The Nasdaq is down 145.07 points, or 3.5 percent.