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The major averages staged a comeback on Wednesday as investors grew optimistic about a debt ceiling deal and bought into technology stocks. The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished up 102 points, after falling as much as 459 points. The S&P 500 advanced 17 points or 0.41%, after falling 1.27% at its session low. The technology-focused Nasdaq Composite rose 68 points or 0.47%., after dropping as much as 1.2% earlier in the session.

Stocks reversed course on news that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told a closed meeting of Republicans that he would offer a short-term debt ceiling extension later Wednesday. That would help relieve some pressure on Congress to avoid a U.S. default currently expected on Oct. 18.

Investors bought the dip in some key technology stocks. Microsoft, rose 1.3% Amazon gained 1.1% and Nvidia popped 1%.

CNBC's Jim Cramer said to buy the dip in beaten-up technology stocks earlier on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, stocks tied to the economic reopening drifted lower. American Airlines and JetBlue led reopening plays lower, falling 4% each following a downgrade by Goldman Sachs. Goldman cited higher fuel prices and slower near-term demand.

October continued its volatility on Wednesday amid concerns about rising rates, higher inflation, the state of the reopening and the debt limit. So far in the three prior trading sessions of October, the Dow has gained 483 points, lost 324 points and on Tuesday, jumped 312 points.

Recent increases in energy prices and interest rates are raising concerns about higher costs for consumers and companies. The 10-year Treasury yield was flat Wednesday around 1.52%, after topping 1.56% last week. Oil prices hit the highest since 2014 this week with WTI crude oil nearly topping $80 a barrel.

September's ADP report showed that private companies hired at a faster clip than expected last month, despite worries about the delta variant. Private jobs rose by 568,000 for the month, better than the Dow Jones estimate from economists of 425,000.

Wednesday's report initially sent bond yields higher, unnerving investors about rates and inflation and how soon the Federal Reserve will begin removing policy stimulus. The report could set the tone ahead of the closely followed nonfarm payrolls report on Friday from the Labor Department.

Tuesday marked a broad advance with nine out of 11 S&P 500 sectors closing positive. The Dow gained nearly 1%. The S&P 500 rose 1.05% and the Nasdaq Composite rallied 1.25%.

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