U.S. stocks began the week on a positive note, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average jumping more than 100 points shortly after the opening bell. U.S. markets followed European and Asian equities higher, supported by abundant liquidity from central banks and the promise of fiscal stimulus in China. Economic data were softer than expected but still pointed to improvement in manufacturing and the labor market. The S&P 500 opened 13 points or 0.6%, higher at 2,066. The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 113 points, or 0.6%, to 17,861. The Nasdaq Composite began the day up 24 points, or 0.5%, at 4,895.
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