Stocks closed higher on Thursday, adding to the massive gains from the previous session, after a strong surge in the final hours of trading.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended the day up 260.37 points, or 1.1 percent, at 23,138.82. The S&P 500 closed 0.86 percent higher at 2,488.83 while the Nasdaq Composite climbed 0.4 percent to 6,579.49.
At its lows of the day, the Dow had fallen 611 points. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq fell as much as 2.8 percent and 3.3 percent, respectively.
The major averages started surging after 2 p.m. ET, around the time they all hit their lows of the day.
Art Cashin, director of floor operations at UBS, said market-on-close orders went from $200 million to sell to more than $2 billion to buy late in the day. "That started the early rally," he said. "They thought they were going to be huge sellers, now they're huge buyers."
Earlier in the day, stocks fell amid renewed tensions between China and the United States.
Reuters reported, citing three sources familiar with the situation, that President Donald Trump is considering an executive order to ban U.S. companies from using equipment built by Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE. This executive order would come at a time when the two largest world economies are trying to strike a permanent trade deal. Earlier this month, China and the U.S. agreed to a 90-day grace period to come up with an agreement.
"The uncertainty will continue to weigh on the market," said Dave Campbell, principal at BOS. "I think that's going to help drive the volatility as we roll forward because I don't think it's going to be a clean path to an agreement or some kind of resolution."
"China has recognized they're a little more vulnerable in this trade negotiation with the U.S. because they have more at stake than the U.S. does, from a bilateral stance," Campbell said. "I think there will be a resolution, but it's going to be a rocky path, which to me means a lot more volatility both up and down."