Stock indexes open higher on Wall Street

US stock market gets off to a strong start after two straight losses

Associated Press
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In this Monday, June 10, 2013 photo, specialist Anthony Rinaldi, right, and trader Gordon Charlop work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Asian stocks fell Wednesday June 12, 2013 amid concern about a lack of new Japanese moves to calm bond markets and uncertainty about the outlook for U.S. monetary policy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

NEW YORK (AP) -- The stock market is getting off to a strong start after two days of losses.

Markets have become more volatile in the past two weeks as global central banks prepare to ease back on their economic stimulus policies.

The Dow Jones industrial average was up 57 points at 15,180 in the early minutes of trading Wednesday, a gain of 0.4 percent. The Dow lost 116 points the day before after a choppy day of trading.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose seven points to 1,633, a gain of 0.5 percent. The Nasdaq composite rose 12 points to 3,449, an increase of 0.4 percent.

Cooper Tire & Rubber jumped $10, or 41 percent, to $34.62 after Apollo Tyres of India agreed to buy the company for $2.2 billion.

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