US stock markets started the last session of the week in positive territory, tracking advances made in Asian and European markets, with few data points to distract traders at the end of a turbulent week across the pond.
Shortly after the open, the Dow was up 0.26% at 20,716.56, the S&P 500 rose 0.39% to 2,375.04 and the Nasdaq Composite was 0.55% higher at 6,088.23.
RISERS AND FALLERS
Early upsiders on the DJIA were Caterpillar and Wal-Mart, with both stocks up by over a percentage point. The standout early faller was Nike, with its shares off by 1.5%.
On the Nasdaq, shares of Autodesk rocketed by almost 15%, while Foot Locker was down 17% on the S&P.
At 2:38pm (GMT), WTI crude was 1.2% higher at $49.94 per barrel, Brent was up 1.31% at $53.2 per barrel and gold was firmer at $1,255.8 per ounce.
No economic news of note is due today.