U.S. Stocks Open Higher; Dow Makes a Run At 20,000

By Joseph AdinolfiMarketsMarketWatch Pulse

U.S. stocks opened higher on Tuesday as the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed nearer to the psychologically important 20,000 level. The S&P 500 index gained 5 points, or 0.2%, to 2,267. The Dow advanced 48 points, or 0.2%, to 19,934, trading above its previous closing record. The Nasdaq Composite Index added 14 points, or 0.3%, to 5,473. Investors' appetite for risky assets remained intact despite a series of attacks in Turkey and Germany. BlackBerry moved higher after the handset maker reported narrowing losses for the third quarter. Darden Restaurants , owner of several restaurant chains including the Olive Garden, saw its shares rise after reporting a rise in same-restaurant sales for the second quarter. Rising oil prices also helped boost energy shares.

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