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Chips Lead Tech Rebound

Tech stocks recovered all of Tuesday's losses and then some after Goldman Sachs made a bullish call on Texas Instruments .

With Intel no longer providing a mid-quarter financial update, TI's mid-quarter progress report has grown in importance. And Goldman Sachs said it expects TI to raise guidance in its update next Monday.

TI shares gained nearly 8% on the news, and bullish comments on National Semi and Altera also boosted the sector. The Philadelphia Semiconductor Index soared 4% on the day.

Also getting a lift were telecom and networking stocks, led by Cisco , Juniper and Corning . Ciena rose 8% ahead of its earnings report Thursday morning.

Google , meanwhile, rebounded modestly after the company clarified CFO George Reyes' comments that sparked Tuesday's big decline. "We still see significant opportunities to improve monetization and intend to continue to focus our efforts in this area," the company said.

The broader market got a boost Wednesday from strong personal spending and income and national manufacturing reports.

The Nasdaq surged 33 to 2314, the S&P 500 rose 10 to 1291, and the Dow gained 60 to 11,053. Volume declined to 2.29 billion shares on the NYSE, but rose to 2.24 billion on the Nasdaq. Advancers led 23-9 on the NYSE, and 21-9 on the Nasdaq. Upside volume was 78% on the NYSE, and 82% on the Nasdaq. New highs-new lows were 175-26 on the NYSE, and 180-37 on the Nasdaq.

Autodesk and Open Solutions rose on their results, and Keane benefited from an upgrade.

Applied Signal fell 13% on its results.