Major U.S. stock indexes moved higher in morning trading Thursday as investors welcomed economic news on jobs and factory orders. The market is coming off a two-day losing streak as traders look ahead to the start of the next round of corporate earnings beginning next week. Oil prices eased after climbing the day before.
KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 68 points, or 0.4 percent, to 17,766 as of 11:29 a.m. Eastern. The Standard & Poor's 500 index added eight points, or 0.4 percent, to 2,068. The Nasdaq composite gained 10 points, or 0.2 percent, to 4,891.