U.S. stocks rise at open after upbeat retail data

Victor Reklaitis

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stocks advanced at the open on Wednesday after a stronger-than-expected report on retail sales, as investors also watched out for housing data and minutes from the Federal Reserve's last policy meeting. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was last up 20 points, or 0.1%, to 15,987, while the S&P 500 gained 3 points, or 0.2%, to 1,791. The Nasdaq Composite tacked on 14 points, or 0.4%, to 3,946. The Dow is working to get back to its winning ways and conquer the milestone level of 16,000 after snapping a four-day win streak in the prior session and failing to hold above that level.


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