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If you convert from raw to JPEG, you loose most of the data available.  That’s fine for display since a high quality JPEG is all a lot of output devices can handle.  For editing white balance, or adjusting exposure, you want all the data available from the raw file, either as the raw file or as a TIFF or DNG.  TIFF is the traditional 16 bit format.  DNG is an Adobe format.

DPP should be able to deliver a change in exposure of a couple of stops either way before converting the file to a JPEG.   ACR gives up to 4 stops of control but you may find excessive noise after a couple of stops depending on the image.