New York - US stocks Tuesday opened higher after a holiday weekend helped by solid economic data from China and Europe and Washington's pullback from its threat of an imminent strike on Syria.
Five minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 100.15 (0.68 percent) to 14,910.47.
The broad-based S&P 500 picked up16.78 (1.03 percent) at 1,649.75, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index rose 43.86
(1.22 percent) to 3,633.73.
Markets resumed trading after Monday's Labor Day holiday. Over the weekend, the Chinese purchasing managers' index (PMI), a key benchmark of China's manufacturing activity, rebounded to 50.1 in August, its first month of expansion since April.
Also, the eurozone purchasing manages' index compiled by Markit economics jumped to 51.4 points in August from 50.3 in July.
Anxiety among investors also ebbed as the prospects for an immediate US strike on Syria sank with the Obama administration's decision to seek congressional approval for the action. - Sapa-AFP