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World Markets Mostly Lower After Raucous Trump-Biden Debate

FILE - In this May 26, 2020 file photo, a historic marker for Wall Street is shown in New York's financial district. Stocks are off to a mixed start on Wall Street Tuesday, Sept. 29 as the market cooled off following a rally the day before and as investors waited for the presidential debate between former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump. Banks and industrial companies had some of the biggest losses shortly after the opening bell Tuesday, while several big technology and communications companies were higher. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

FILE - In this May 26, 2020 file photo, a historic marker for Wall Street is shown in New York's financial district. Stocks are off to a mixed start on Wall Street Tuesday, Sept. 29 as the market cooled off following a rally the day before and as investors waited for the presidential debate between former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump. Banks and industrial companies had some of the biggest losses shortly after the opening bell Tuesday, while several big technology and communications companies were higher. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Share prices in Europe and Asia were mostly lower on Wednesday after the debate between President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

NEW YORK: Wall Street is rallying Wednesday on optimism for the economy and rising hope that Washington may pierce through its paralyzing partisanship to offer more aid for it.

The S&P 500 was up 1% in early trading, on pace to more than reverse the prior days losses. After setting a record high early this month, the benchmark index has been mostly tumbling on a wide range of worries, and its still on pace for a 3.7% drop in September, which would be its first monthly loss since March.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 374 points, or 1.4%, at 27,826, as of 10:05 a.m. Eastern time, and the Nasdaq composite was 0.9% higher.

Stocks and Treasury yields rose following a stronger-than-expected report on hiring by private employers. They then accelerated amid revived hopes that the U.S. government could soon deliver more support for the economy. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said at a conference presented by CNBC and Institutional Investor that he will talk with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi again this afternoon, and I hope we can get something done.

Investors have been frustrated waiting for Congress to deliver more stimulus after weekly unemployment benefits and other aid it had earlier approved for the economy expired. They have long called such programs crucial for an economy thats still struggling under the weight of the coronavirus pandemic.

The number of layoffs sweeping the country has remained stubbornly high, and other areas of the economy have seen growth slow since the Congressional aid went away.

But a report from payroll processor ADP on Wednesday gave some encouragement. It said hiring by private employers accelerated this month, with 749,000 jobs added versus economists expectations for 605,000.

That raises hopes for the federal governments more comprehensive jobs report, which arrives on Friday. For that, economists had been expecting to see hiring slowed to 850,000 from 1.4 million in August.

This month’s jobs report will take on even more importance than usual because it will be the final one released before Election Day in November.

Tuesday nights debate between President Donald Trump and the Democratic nominee, Joe Biden, was the first of this election season, and it amplified some of the markets concerns. Trump said it may take months to learn the elections results, and such a long period of uncertainty could make an already shaky market even more volatile.

But several analysts said they didnt see the debate having a big effect on the stock market, whose path depends much more on what happens with corporate profits, interest rates and the coronavirus pandemic than who sits in the White House.

Last night was pretty much a nothing burger from a market perspective, other than perhaps suggesting more uncertainty in the weeks ahead, which could continue to drive volatility, said Mike Loewengart, managing director of investment strategy at E-Trade Financial.

Trump again lobbed claims of fraud at the voting process, even when the head of the FBI has said there has not been any significant coordinated national voter fraud. The tone was combative through the night, with plenty of insults and talking over one another, and reflective of the countrys deepening partisan divide.

Shares of data-mining outfit Palantir are set to begin trading on Wednesday, 17 years after it was born with the help of CIA seed money. The company isnt selling new shares to raise money. Instead, its listing existing shares for public trading.

In Europe, Germanys DAX was close to flat after shaking off an earlier loss. The CAC 40 in Paris rose 0.1%, and Londons FTSE 100 added 0.2%.

In Asia, Japans Nikkei 225 lost 1.5%, Hong Kongs Hang Seng rose 0.8% and stocks in Shanghai slipped 0.2% .

The yield on the 10-year Treasury was holding steady at 0.66% after erasing earlier losses.

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AP Business Writer Elaine Kurtenbach contributed.

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