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Aug 15 (Reuters) - The S&P 500 and the Dow gained ground in a late rally on Thursday as upbeat retail sales data offset recessionary fears and simmering U.S.-China trade tensions.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 99.9 points, or 0.39%, to 25,579.32, the S&P 500 gained 7.02 points, or 0.25%, to 2,847.62, and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 7.32 points, or 0.09%, to 7,766.62. (Reporting by Stephen Culp)