Stocks open higher on Wall Street

Indexes move higher in early trading on Wall Street; health insurers are among early gainers

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Stocks rise on strong auto sales, factory orders
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FILE - In this Wednesday, March 20, 2013 photo, Trader Anthony Riccio, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Asian stock markets vacillated Tuesday April 2, 2013 after a slight slowdown in U.S. manufacturing growth, but European stocks rose as traders expected to see encouraging data from the world's No. 1 economy later in the day. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street as traders hope for more positive news on the U.S. economy.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 57 points, or 0.4 percent, to 14,628 shortly after the opening bell Tuesday.

The Standard & Poor's 500 was up six points, or 0.4 percent, to 1,568. The Nasdaq composite rose 21 points to 3,260.

Health care stocks rose the most of the 10 industry groups in the S&P. Insurers Humana and UnitedHealth were the two biggest gainers in the index after the government released rate data for Medicare Advantage plans that indicate less severe funding cuts than investors had feared.

Humana jumped 9 percent to $81.75 and UnitedHealth rose 7 percent to $63.10.

Automakers release auto sales data for March Tuesday. Chrysler's rose 5 percent.

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