Tuesday, March 26, 2013 9:47 am
Stocks open higher following jump in goods orders
The Associated Press
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.