U.S. Stocks Open Higher; Private-sector Job Gains Jump

By MarketWatch Pulse

The S&P 500 opened higher on Wednesday as investors looked beyond the latest developments in Greece, which is going ahead with a referendum on July 5 to decide whether to accept the austerity demands of its creditors. Investors also digested better-than-expected job numbers from the private sector. The S&P 500 opened 15 points, or 0.7%, higher at 2,078. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 148 points, or 0.8%, to 17,765. The Nasdaq Composite gained 41 points, or 0.8% to 5,028.

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