Stocks open higher following jump in goods orders

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Associated Press

Posted on March 26, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 26 at 9:04 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street after factory orders for February increased sharply, reflecting a rebound in the aircraft industry.

The Commerce Department reported a 5.7 percent surge in overall orders durable goods, the biggest increase in five months.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 66 points, or 0.5 percent, to 14,514 shortly after the opening bell Tuesday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose seven points, or 0.5 percent, to 1,559. The Nasdaq composite was up 15 points, also 0.5 percent, to 3,250.

European markets were also up modestly as investors gain confidence in the bailout arranged for Cyprus. The island nation decided to keep its banks closed for another two days in an attempt to ward off panicked withdrawals.

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