Dow futures fall more than 80 points as wild market swings continue

At 3:14 p.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 556.43 points, or 2.3 percent, to 24,747.33, the S&P 500 gained 51.28 points, or 1.96 percent, to 2,670.83 and the Nasdaq Composite added 144.62 points, or 2.1 percent, to 7,019.11.

Thursday's decline followed the largest drop in the Dow's history on Monday when it fell 1,175 points or 4.6 percent.

Telecom, utilities and financial stocks also saw considerable strength, contributing to the higher close by the broader markets.

Declining issues outnumbered advancers on the NYSE by 1,830 to 714.

On a day of heavy trading in healthcare companies, Henry Schein (HSIC.O) and Patterson Companies (PDCO.O) fell 6.64 percent and 5.19 percent, respectively, after news of a U.S. Federal Trade Commission complaint against the dental supply firms.

Friday's session marked the latest day of sharp swings in the past week that have pulled stocks lower after a steady climb for months to record highs. The U.S. consumer-price index will be released January and may reveal the extent the tighter jobs market is creating inflation. A stronger-than-expected number could trigger another leg down in the markets.

The benchmark S&P 500 finished with growth of 1.4% to 2,656.00 points, and the raw materials and information technology sectors performed best.

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The S&P 500 increased 22.82 points, or 0.87 per cent, to 2,642.37.

Investors will watch U.S. inflation and retail sales figures on Wednesday particularly closely as they review monthly reports from the U.S. Department of Labor and the National Retail Federation.

The market took fright after strong wage-growth data on February 2 raised the specter of rising inflation and fears of accelerated interest rate hikes, which ignited a rally in bond yields and a sell-off in stocks. "I don't think that's going away any time soon", said Andre Bakhos, managing director at New Vines Capital in Bernardsville, New Jersey. Some £147bn was wiped off the leading United Kingdom stock index in the past two weeks volatality, while over $5 trillion has been wiped from global stock markets since January 26, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices. However, the Nasdaq was still holding onto this year's gains of 1.4 percent at the close of yesterday's session.

Twenty-First Century Fox picked up 67 cents, or 1.9 percent, to $36.40 after The Wall Street Journal reported that cable and internet provider Comcast is still interested in buying Fox's entertainment divisions and could make another offer. The beverages and snacks company also hiked its dividend and unveiled a new shares buyback program.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed more than 400 points Monday, extending the recovery that began Friday after the stock market's lowest performing week in two years.

In London, the FTSE 100 was 15 points higher to 7,192 in intraday action, while Japan's Nikkei 225 shed 138 points to 21,244 overnight.

Benchmark U.S. crude gained 9 cents to $59.29 a barrel in NY.