Stocks Open Higher As Investors Weigh Earnings, Data

By MarketWatch Pulse

U.S. stocks opened higher Thursday as investors weighed earnings from big banks and economic data. The S&P 500 rose 7 points, or 0.3%, to 2,001, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 18 points, or 0.1%, to 16,942. The Nasdaq Composite advanced 26 points, or 0.6%, to 4,809. Ahead of the bell, data showed first-time claims for U.S. jobless benefits matched the lowest level since 1973. Separately, data showed the consumer price index fell by 0.2% in September.

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