Stocks Rally Following Chinese Export Data, Signs of Possible Non-Military Agreement in Syria

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Stocks rallied today, extending their rebound from the August sell-off following bullish data out of Asia this weekend and afternoon reports the Syrian government may turn over its chemical weapons to international authorities in a bid to avoid a U.S. military strike. Materials and energy stocks helped pace today's gains, supported by a 7.2% rise in Chinese exports last month, topping market expectations for a 5.5% rise. The strong exports data also lifted shares of U.S. industrial companies. Commodities were mixed.



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