U.S. Stocks Open Higher Ahead of Data on Services Activity

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U.S. Stocks Open Higher Ahead of Data on Services Activity
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By Liz Moyer

Investing.com -- U.S. stocks opened higher on Wednesday ahead of data on services activity last month and after the international cartel of oil-producing nations agreed to lift production by another 100,000 barrels a day in September.

At 9:41 AM ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 233 points or 0.7%, while the S&P 500 rose 0.8%, and the NASDAQ Composite rose 1.2%.

Data on non-manufacturing activity is due out this morning, and analysts expect a slight drop from the prior month as the economy cools.

Stocks are rebounding after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s historic visit to Taiwan, a center of global chipmaking that was the focus on China-U.S. tensions over her visit, the first since the late 1990s for a House Speaker.

Pelosi reportedly left the island without military action by China, which had planned military drills near Taiwan later this week.

The rise in oil production could help lower oil prices, though they have been coming down anyway in recent weeks. Still, oil majors such as BP (LON: BP ) PLC ADR (NYSE: BP ) have been reporting record profits in the recent quarter, thanks to high energy prices.

Earnings continue to roll out this quarter. Last night, PayPal Holdings (NASDAQ: PYPL ) raised its annual profit guidance and confirmed that activist investor Elliott Management had taken a $2 billion stake, lifting its shares nearly 12% early Wednesday.

CVS Health Corp. (NYSE: CVS ) stock jumped 4.7% after it raised its annual profit forecast, citing the strength of its insurance division and sales of rapid COVID-19 tests.

Oil prices were mixed. Crude Oil WTI Futures dipped 0.1%, to $94.33 a barrel, while Brent Oil Futures crude was flat at $100.56. Gold Futures also dipped 0.3%, to $1783 an ounce.

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