Stocks finished in positive territory Wednesday, reversing two-straight sessions of losses, as the energy sector jumped on rising oil prices amid speculation of a U.S.-led military strike on Syria.
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"The market was somewhat impervious to the geopolitical risk that was out there and now it's come home to roost I think you want to watch both oil and gold," said Art Cashin, director of floor operations at UBS Financial Services. "We're playing a game of headline roulette here…you really don't know. The difficulty is that once events begin to take place, they can accelerate and that becomes a problem."