Dow erases nearly 400-point loss, closes slightly higher

(CNBC) The Dow Jones industrial average erased a nearly 400-point loss Thursday afternoon as tailwinds from strong earnings helped the index snap a four-day losing streak.

The Dow Jones industrial average edged out a 5.17-point gain to finish at 23,930.15 by the closing bell after falling nearly 400 points in morning trading. The S&P 500 closed down 0.23 percent to close at 2,629.73 after dropping as much as 1.6 percent. Both indexes also dipped below their 200-day moving averages, but were back above those levels by the end of the session.

The Nasdaq composite fell 0.18 percent after dropping more than 1 percent, ending the day at 7,088.15. The Nasdaq pared losses later in the day was buoyed by a rebound in Amazon and Apple shares as well as a 0.6 percent gain in software giant Microsoft. Enterprise technology company Cisco added 1.3 percent.



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