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U.S. stocks rose modestly on Wednesday, angling for a fourth day of gains led by technology and other trade-sensitive sectors following signs of progress in trade talks between the United States and China. Hopes of a deal between the world's two largest economies that could avert an escalation of ongoing trade tensions, plus strong data on the U.S. job market and indications the Federal Reserve now appears to be in no rush to lift interest rates further, have helped lift the S&P 500 9.7 percent from the 20-month low it hit around Christmas.