US stocks edge higher; Home builders gain

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Photo - In this Wednesday, March 12, 2014, photo, specialists Anthony Matesic, left, and John Urrbanowitz confer as they work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Asian stocks advanced Tuesday, March 18, 2014, on stronger U.S. factory production and relief that sanctions imposed on Russia following the Crimea reference avoid its vital economic interests. European markets were down. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
In this Wednesday, March 12, 2014, photo, specialists Anthony Matesic, left, and John Urrbanowitz confer as they work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Asian stocks advanced Tuesday, March 18, 2014, on stronger U.S. factory production and relief that sanctions imposed on Russia following the Crimea reference avoid its vital economic interests. European markets were down. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening slightly higher after some encouraging data on the housing market and as investors keep a cautious eye on developments in Ukraine.

Home builder stocks rose after applications for permits to build homes rose 7.7 percent in February, more than analysts were expecting.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose seven points, or 0.4 percent, to 1,866 in the first few minutes of trading Tuesday.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 63 points, or 0.4 percent, to 16,310. The Nasdaq composite rose 13 points, or 0.3 percent, to 4,294.

GameStop sank 5 percent following news that Wal-Mart plans to expand its video game trade-in program to its stores.

The yield on the 10-year Treasury note held steady at 2.69 percent.

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