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NEW YORK — Global stock markets and oil prices rose on Tuesday in another volatile session on hopes oil producers would pare production to alleviate the supply excess that has punished equity prices and pushed oil values to 12-year lows.

Nervous investors put more money into low-risk yen, Swiss franc, gold, US and German government debt as they await more clues whether the US Federal Reserve and other central banks would provide support to stabilise markets that have been roiled partly due to worries about weakening economic growth in China.

The Fed is expected to leave interest rates unchanged after its two-day policy meeting, which begins later Tuesday, and signal it may not raise rates again, perhaps until mid-2016 at the earliest.

"It’s going to go back and forth, and it looks like it’s going to all depend on what the price of oil does today," said Matthew Tuttle, CE of Tuttle Tactical Management in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Top Opec and Russian oil industry officials stepped up vague talk on Monday of possible joint action to remedy one of the worst supply gluts in decades, though there were others, including Kuwait, who say they doubt it will happen as long as others are increasing their output.

Brent crude was last up 36c, or 1.18%, at $30.86 a barrel, and US crude was last up 21c, or 0.69%, at $30.55 per barrel.

The oil market rebound rekindled some appetite for stocks.

In early US trading, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 235.72 points, or 1.48%, to 16,120.94, the S&P 500 was 20.5 points, or 1.09%, higher at 1,897.58 and the Nasdaq Composite was up 23.96 points, or 0.53%, to 4,542.45.

Some nervousness ahead of Apple’s quarterly results later Tuesday, which are expected to show a sharp drop in iPhone sales, was mitigated by encouraging US data on home prices and consumer confidence.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was up 0.5 percent at 1,329.86.

Tokyo’s Nikkei ended 2.4% weaker, part of a broad decline across Asia.

Mainland Chinese shares tumbled more than 6% to a 14-month low on renewed jitters over Beijing’s ability to calm domestic markets.

The yen was initially stronger against the dollar and euro but reversed those gains with the rebound in stock and oil prices. It was last down 0.2% against the greenback at 118.47 yen and down 0.1% versus the euro at 128.46 yen.

The dollar was weaker against a basket of currencies, last down 0.2% at 99.199.

Nagging worries about falling oil prices and the global economy supported demand for US and German government bonds.

Benchmark 10-year Treasury yield dipped half a basis point to 2.017%, and 10-year Bund yield declined 2 basis points to 0.46%.

Spot gold prices rose for a second day. It was last up $5.74 or 0.52%, to $1,113.40 an ounce.

Reuters